AEJ: Journalists Should Not be Accused of Publicizing the Problems Unsolved by the Institutions

The Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria published an official statement in which it shows its solidarity with the journalists from Kazanlak who were accused by the chairman of the Municipal council Nikolai Zlatanov that they ruin the town's good name by announcing the existing problems in the municipality.

In the statement, the Association comments that it is unacceptable for journalists to be offended because they are doing their job.

"The main role of the media is to direct the attention to unresolved issues and seek responsibility from the institutions, adhering to the laws and the Code of Ethics of the Bulgarian media," is said in the statement, adding that this excludes discriminatory rhetoric as well as the language of hatred and the inculcation of inter-ethnic conflicts.

The statement concludes with the words, that "any attack by the government against journalists should be seen as an attempt to restrict freedom of speech and censorship."

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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