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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.

UBJ Secretary General is Mr. Ivan Varbanov

January 2018


„Bulgaria will vote for a new Prosecutor General this autumn and a series of statements made by public officials against the press have raised journalists” concerns about the process, is written in a press-release, issued and distributed by IFJ/EFJ all over their affiliates. The International and European Federations of journalists (IFJ/EFJ) join their affiliate the Union of Bulgarian Journalist (UBJ) in calling for better protection of the rights of journalists and the media.


The UBJ Managing Board is deeply concerned about the opinions and statements, expressed by some prosecutor’s circles and several organizations, as well as by the sole candidate for the position of a new Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria himself, is written in a special Declaration adopted by the UBJ Managing Board.


Hundreds of delegates from journalists unions around the world adopted a new Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists at a historic International Federation of Journalists congress.


254 IFJ delegates convening in Tunis for their World Congress elected Younes MJahed of Morocco as their new President.


European journalists are facing an unprecedented crisis today. Murder of colleagues too curious for some politicians in power who use it for their own interests, concentrations of the media, attacks on the freedom to inform by the passing of repressive and restrictive laws, deterioration of working conditions and remuneration, precariousness, authors´ rights flouted: we are witnessing a historic decline in the exercise of the unprecedented profession of journalist.


The European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market by 348 votes in favor and 274 against. A call to open the text to amendments was lost by just 5 votes.


Journalists have recently reiterated their support to the Copyright directive and renewed their calls on the European Parliament to adopt a text that ensures all journalists in the European Union will benefit from the revenues generated from the online use of their work.


IFJ disseminated the following message to its affiliates all over the world, regarding the Women Day - March, 8, 2019:


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) releases its 29th report on journalists and media staff killed in the course of their duties in 2018.


The UBJ expressed serious concerns about the adoption of The Amendments to the Law on Protection of Personal Data, by the country’s parliament.


 Събития в СБЖ

 Правни въпроси и отговори

На въпроси, засягащи трудовите права на журналистите, отговаря доцентът по трудово и осигурително право Андрей Александров

16.02.2018 /14:43 | Автор: Андрей Александров | Източник: СБЖ

 Акценти и позиции

В съвместно съобщение на Международната и Европейската федерация на журналистите (IFJ/EFJ), разпространено до всички техни членове, федерациите подкрепят призива на СБЖ по-добра защита на правата на журналистите и свободата на словото в хода на обществения дебат около избора на главен прокурор.

21.08.2019 /10:26

Становищата и изявите на прокурорски среди и организации, включително и лично на единствения кандидат за нов главен прокурор, насочени срещу критични медийни публикации относно процесите около избора за този ключов пост, подхранват още повече съществуващото обществено безпокойство за устоите на демократичната и правова държава у нас, сочи в своя декларация УС на СБЖ.

09.08.2019 /14:20

В своя декларация УС на СБЖ напомня, че с този избор е нарушен член 25 от Закона за радио и телевизия, в който съществува изискване за професионален опит, обществен авторитет и професионално признание на членовете на СЕМ. Същото изискване съществува и в Закона за хармонизация на българското и европейското законодателство.

22.07.2019 /19:39


В тия редове няма да прочетете и дума за частните телевизии и радиостанции. Те си имат чорбаджии и – решат ли – могат да си излъчват каквито щуротии им хрумнат. Най-страховитото, което може да ги сполети, е да платят някой и друг лева глоба...

31.07.2019 /18:28 | Автор: Иван Тодоров | Източник: СБЖ

Като тазгодишна носителка на това отличие, връчвано от БСП, недоумявам от последвала статия срещу мен от ръководните среди на същата партия. В нея думите ми след моето награждаване са изопачени, а казаното от мен е определено като „провокация”. Само защото съм посмяла откровено да споделя свое мнение за важни обществени процеси. А уж точно заради това са ме наградили...

31.07.2019 /11:42 | Автор: Къдринка Къдринова | Източник: СБЖ


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