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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.

Chief Secretary of the UBJ is Mr. Ivan Varbanov.

January 2018


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.


The assault against the well known and emblematic journalist and MP Mrs. Elena Yoncheva, who have bravely exposed the authority’s abuses, is a brutal act against the political opponents and the freedom of the speech, underlined the Chairwoman of the UBJ Managing Board.


The Union of Bulgarian Journalists express its serious concern and deep indignation about the adopption of The Amendments to the Law on Protection of Personal Data, by the Parliament. The new amendments practically deprive the journalists from the possibility to exercise their profession freely.


The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ), respectively the world and Europe’s largest journalists’ organisations reiterate their calls on the EU to stand up for journalism and authors’ rights, as negotiations on a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market draw to an end.


In its 29th list, the IFJ says that this year’s roll call of loss of lives to violence includes 84 journalists, cameramen, fixers and technicians who died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and cross fire incidents.


Almost two-thirds of women journalists have been subjected to online abuse according to a new survey published today. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls (25 November), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published the preliminary results of its global survey on online harassment of women journalists.


Protecting journalists, as well as guaranteeing the security of every citizen, is an integral part of the foundations of democracy. The crual murder of the Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova in the town of Russe has shaken our entire society.


The UBJ Managing Board urges a response on the following questions: are the deputees of the Parlamentary Culture and Media Commission aware of the proposals made by our Union since more than an year ago on legislative changes concerning the defense of the journalism and a transparent media environment? Why no proposals have been made so far in that direction?


German journalist Mesale Tolu, who was held in prison in Turkey from April to December 2017 and released only on strict conditions including a travel ban, is now allowed to leave the country with her young son.


 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

Председателката на УС на СБЖ апелира към цялата журналистическа колегия да изрази активно и настоятелно пред законодателите в Народното събрание решителното отхвърляне на поправките, застрашаващи свободата на словото и устоите на демократичното общество

12.02.2019 /08:16

СБЖ, който вече изрази възмущението си, че тези поправки са покушение над свободата на словото и призова държавния глава да наложи вето, изразява удовлетворение и приветства принципното и обосновано решение на президента Румен Радев

04.02.2019 /15:54

Международната федерация на журналистите излезе с официално становище по критичната позиция на СБЖ относно застрашаващите свободата на словото поправки в Закона за защита на личните данни

02.02.2019 /12:49


Тия дни съм направо „Бясно ми е, чичо!“ (макар че Петър Стоянович го казва по друг повод!) И как няма да съм, след като се наслушах как от сутрешните телевизионни блокове със злорадо настървение водещи се нахвърлиха на поредната жертва на все по-тревожното отношение на властите към медиите у нас и „своеобразното“ им разбиране на тяхната свобода – Елена Йончева.

25.01.2019 /12:53 | Автор: Розалина Евдокимова

Пошлото клипче, с което студентската ни телевизия „Алма матер” кани на кастинг кандидати за сътрудници, вече произведе поредния неприятен медиен скандал.

09.11.2018 /11:20 | Източник: СБЖ


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