57 Members of Parliament (from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms) asked the Constitutional Court of Republic of Bulgaria to “declare unconstitutional and inconsistent with universally recognized norms of international law and international treaties to which Bulgaria is a country of art. 26, section 3 and Art. 59 ac. 2, Section 3 of the Law on Radio and Television (SG. 138/24.11.1998, last. Amend. No 38/18.05.2012). ” In article. 26, Section 3 of the Law on Radio and Television, says that members of the Council for Electronic Media shall not be people, who were “employees and collaborators of the former State Security.” Similar is the text of Art. 59, para. 2, item 3, which states that “cannot be members of the board of Bulgarian National Radio and respectively of Bulgarian National Television, people, who have been employees and collaborators of the former State Security.”
MPs from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movements for Rights and Freedoms see discrimination in these texts and insist they be abolished. Their motives are questionable. The case is not only legal, it is above all moral! Are we going to allow today former State Security agents to control public media and thus to influence public opinion? The Constitutional Court will rule after April 25, 2013. Now is the time to have our say on this!
VOTE HERE IF YOU ARE AGAINST FORMER STATE AGENTS to become members of the Council for Electronic Media and the board of Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television!
The Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners
Florence, Italy, 13-17 May 2013
The Summer School is organised by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), co-funded by the European Union, at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute.
Started in 2010, the European Initiative for Media Pluralism (EIMP) today brings together nearly two hundred organisations, media groups, independent journalists and professional bodies from throughout Europe, which together have launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) demanding the implementation of an EU Directive on media pluralism to protect pluralism and press freedom impartially and effectively in all the Member States of the European Union.