Freedom House: Bulgaria boasts high degree of media freedomMonitor News Agency , Sofia
Globally Bulgaria ranks among the countries where media are free and independent, shows the report of the US NGO Freedom House for 2019.
The organisation also published a map on which the states are divided into five groups. Group 0 includes the countries with the poorest results whereas Group 4 features those where the situation is the best. The map clearly shows that Bulgaria belongs in Group 3 which within the framework of the EU also includes Romania, Greece and a number of Central European states. On the whole, the NGO notes that over the past decade media freedom has been deteriorating around the world and the risks it faces are tangible. At the same time it is stressed that experience has shown that press freedom can rebound from even lengthy stints of repression when given the opportunity. “The basic desire for democratic liberties, including access to honest and fact-based journalism, can never be extinguished,” reads one of the conclusions in the report.
The picture of Bulgaria as presented by Freedom House differs considerably from the one presented by another NGO based in Paris – Reporters without Borders (RSF). This only increases doubts widespread not only in Bulgaria but also in other countries that the rankings of Reporters without Borders are manipulated serving up the interests of the behind-the-scenes circles. This is confirmed by the fact which transpired during this year’s ranking of RSF, namely that their results are based on polls conducted among an odd dozen of respondents while only small part of them are journalists who are freelancers at that.