Bulgarian Talk Show Host Complains About MSM Covering Catalan Referendum

Bulgaria's favourite talk show host , populist and future politician Slavi Trifonov came out with a Facebook status today, attacking the media on its response to the Catalan referendum. By that he means that Bulgarian mainstream media was busy yesterday covering every single detail of the Catalan independence referendum. According to Slavi's post it's unfair, given that last year in Bulgaria we had a referendum where 3,5 Million people voted and that got dismissed by the National assembly. In his post the showman says that "apparently it takes blood" to make a referendum interesting for the media. 

Now, is Slavi's outrage justifiable? Here's what we need to consider - from the get-go it was clear that the Catalan referendum contradicts the Spanish constitution. Though many deem this as fascisim - it is the law. Carrying out the referendum was in itself a form of protest and disobedience. On the other hand - Slavi's referendum was 100% legitimate to carry out. However, the number of people who voted on the referendum did not meet requirements to pass immediately without discussion and was later on dismissed by the Parliament. Though Slavi is right - during the campaign for the referendum and after it's controversial results were announced mainstream media did close to nothing to cover the project or inform people on it. MSM did not encourage politicians to come forward and debate Slavi or his team, who were eager to present their ideas. There is a line to be drawn - although thouroughly egal, the Parliament's attitude towards the Bulgarian referendum and its results was immoral but fair, lacking any sign of sympathy for the Bulgarian sovereign - the people. Catalans knew their actions were illegal. The horror that we all witnessed yesterday - the police brutality - was nothing more than the law at work. You do criminal acts - you get punished. So fully legal actions - absolutely unacceptable and immoral for a EU-state, claiming to be democratic.  

Media coverage for a normal referendum should be ordinary news, given that referendums are one of the greatest tools of democracy. And are something that we should get used to. Police brutality on the other hand is something that needs to be addressed, especially if it's in 21st century Europe. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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