Bulgaria

Media Situation:

More than 30 years after the end of the communist era, the media landscape in Bulgaria has a bad reputation again. Monopolisation in the newspaper sector, insufficient or inefficient legal rules and a self-regulation system only in theory, all give rise to criticism. A lack of economic transparency, self-censorship and lack of objectivity are often mentioned both by media experts and journalists. More

Media Freedom:

Concerns over media freedom in Bulgaria have been voiced for several years in a row. The recent Press Freedom Index 2020 of the media watchdog organisation Reporters Without Borders (RWB) confirms the worrying trend: Bulgaria is again the lowest ranked country in the European Union in terms of media freedom (111th place of 180 countries). More

Media Outlets:

The Bulgarian media landscape is determined by a huge number of media outlets and at the same time an economically limited media market. The amount of media companies does not necessary lead to a more pluralistic and diverse media scene. There is a trend of ownership concentration in the print media. Ownership structures of media outlets are often not transparent. More