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Union of  Bulgarian Journalists/UBJ/ is the largest and most authoritative journalist’s organization  in Bulgaria.  The Union is a voluntary association of Bulgarian journalists to protect their own professional, social and trade union rights and interests. The UBJ activity is targeted at the free exercise of the right to seek, receive and impart information, the right of free expression and dissemination a wareness, as well as the  prevention of censorship.



The main goals of the Bulgarian Union of  Journalists are as follows:

1.Promotion and enhancing the role of professional journalism in the society; 2.Adherence to professional standards and rules of professional ethics; 3.Providing and protection the media freedom, independence and autonomy; 4.                     Expressing the common interests of Bulgarian journalists to the government, municipal and business authorities and all other bodies in Bulgaria and abroad; 5.Development and expanding the international cooperation in the field of professional journalism.



TheGoverning body of  UBJ is the Managing Board. The number of all members of the UBJ are about 4500 journalists, united in 156 societies all over the country. The real acting journalists, member of the UBJ are about 1800. Members of UBJ  are also freelancers, retired media-workers, students of journalism etc. About 200 new candidates are applying every year for membership in UBJ.



Еvery year, on the occasion of November  1st - the Day of Bulgarian Revival Leaders, UBJ handed the Annual journalism awards,as well as the  highest prize "The Golden Pen". With celebrations -  under the auspice of UNESCO -  in 2014 Union of Bulgarian Journalists marked 170 years Bulgarian journalism and  120 years organized journalistic movement in the country




Union of Bulgarian Journalists has established contractual relationships with journalists associations from 51 countries of the world. The priorities of the international activities  has always been the relations and cooperation with journalists'unions from the EU-member states and the Balkan countries. UBJ was a partner in several joint projects with the Union of Journalists of Northern Greece, basedinThessalonikiq Serbia, Romania etc. The projects has been was granted by the trans-border cooperation programm - "INTERREG-2." Very fruitful relationship the Union have with "FriedrichEbert" Foundation - Germany. The contacts with journalists  from  several countries are implemented within the events at EuropeanFederation of Journalists and  with International Federation of Journalists. UBJ has a very good relationships and regular exchanging of delegation with EU-member countries, as well as with South Korea, China, and almost all Middle- and Far East countris and their Journalists Associations.


Taking into consideration the traditions and capabilities of the Union, it has assumed also some social and trade-union functions. During a lot of meetings with representatives of the employers, as well as with members of the Executive, legislative and judicial authorities, UBJ has placed the protection of journalistic work and journalistic  rights.Union of Bulgarian Journalistsalso is an owner of several recreation bases  in Varna, Bankya and  Batak. There are wonderful conditions for carrying on different kind of international and national creative events, seminars and conferences.

The UBJ Managing Board President  is Mrs. Snezhana Todorova.

January 2018


This was one of the proposals made by journalists who participated in a conference on EU anti-corruption policy and its effect in Bulgaria, organized by Elena Yoncheva. EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders made a video address.


Sophia in’t Veld: "We are here to support you. We saw problems, but also a great determination of the Bulgarians to cope with the challenges. " Elena Yoncheva: "If we do not overcome corruption, we will continue to be a poor country with dependent media."


Today the President of European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen presented her annual address on the state of the Union in front of the members of the European Parliament. She stressed the need to better protect journalists, media independence and the public right to information. She announced two initiatives, which are important for media freedom and protection of journalists.


Let us be worthy of the covenant of the legendary Julius Fučik ‘People, I loved you, stay awake!’ It is Fučik’s memory that immortalizes the International Day of Solidarity of Journalists celebrated every September 8th.


The prizes of the newly establishedcompetition of the European Parliament for outstanding journalistic achievement in the name of the famous and murdered Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galicia will be determined by an international selection committee composed of media and civil society representatives of the 27thMember Countries in the EU.


The UBJ Managing Board strongly condemns in its declaration the actions of the authorities in Minsk insisting on international investigation of the shocking incident withthe forced landing of a passenger plane in the capital of Belarus and clarification of all circumstances around it by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is necessary to build an explicit international legal framework to prevent such incidents in the future.


UBJ confirmsits position expressed many times in defence of the rights of journalists and journalistic work. The union stands principled in its constant assertion of ethical norms and high professional standards in journalism.


We support entirely the position expressed by the International Federation of Journalists in which the UBJ is a collective member, namely: the UN Security Council should take actions immediately to stop the purposeful and systematic attacks of Israel on media and journalists and those who are responsible for this to assume their responsibility.


It is the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration, which prompted the United Nations to declare May 3rd, World Press Day. The UBJ remind: legal guarantees for the rights of the journalists are a supporting pillar for this freedom. We know this painfully well as a country ranked 112th according to the same indicator…


The vicious practice, SLAPP, well known around the world and in our country,has no longer been applied not only by empowered political or economic factors, but also by persons who have been convicted of criminal acts. We insist that legislators should providelegal regulations as soon as possible to protect journalists from such encroachments.


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