The colleagues from Bulgaria got to know the German media landscape, had discussions with editors from taz, WELT and ZDF. They were interested in how to sustain independent journalism, and the cooperative model of taz-Genossenschaft.
It is very important to talk about the problems in Central and Eastern Europe. Bulgaria is often left behind when Germany looks at the region.
And it shouldn’t be. I’m glad Taz offered the opportunity to discuss about the situation with media freedom in Bulgaria and to exchange views with German colleagues. It is a useful initiative and it should be continued. We are in one Union and what happens in one part of that Union can one day affect everybody.
The TAZ seminar for Bulgarian journalists was a great opportunity for me as a journalist and editor with the last independent Bulgarian national print daily newspaper. The situation with freedom of press in Bulgaria deteriorates year after year after Bulgaria’s EU accession. This trend is registered in different ranking of world renowned NGOs and professional organisations the last to be Reporters without borders’ranking published a few days ago. And all of this happens during the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council. The discussions with seminars’ lecturers and presenters, with TAZ journalists and representatives of TAZ Panter Stiftung as well as with the other Bulgarian collegues was a great opportunity to exchange views and to share problems, ways of solving them and experience. The unique formula of TAZ could be an example and idea generator to engage the public and civil society in my country with independent media.