Journalist’s brutal killing puts spotlight on Bulgaria’s poor press-freedom record

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, RFE/RL runs a piece highlighting Sofia’s poor press freedom record. In the latest Reporters Without Borders rankings, Bulgaria ranked 111th globally and last in the EU. The report notes the Bulgarian government has allocated funding to various media outlets, effectively bribing them to not report critically on the government. Additionally, the RFE/RL article cites Bulgarian judiciary and politics reporter Silvia Velikova as saying journalists in the country can be subjected to ID checks, interrogation, arrest and criminal or tax investigations if they dare report critically on the government or ask tough questions.


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