Bulgaria

Media Situation:

Almost 25 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. More

Media Freedom:

Concerns over media freedom in Bulgaria have been voiced for several years in a row. The recent Press Freedom Index 2016 of the media watchdog organisation Reporters Without Borders confirms the worrying trend: Bulgaria is one of the lowest ranked countries in the European Union in terms of media freedom (113th 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. More

Media Usage:

A representative survey of the KAS Media Program South East Europe, conducted by the research agency Market Links in December 2015, shows that television is the number one medium for the majority of the population. According to the survey, for two thirds of Bulgarians TV is the main information source for politics, only 19 percent mention the Web and a mere 4 percent the newspapers. More

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