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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


On the occasion of the International Day to Support the Rights of Arabs in Israel at the Union of Bulgarian Journalists Pressclub, representatives of BG media met with Ushef Jabarin, a Palestinian leader of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, a lawyer and a Palestinian MP in the Israeli Knesset.


On the occasion of the more and more worrying news about the increasingly serious problems with the freedom of speech and the rights of journalists in Bulgaria, the UBJ Managing Board President Snezhana Todorova made the following statement:


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing its annual round-up of violence and abuses against journalists throughout the world. A total of 65 journalists were killed in 2017, 326 are currently in prison, and 54 are held hostage.


The Director General of UNESCO sent a letter to the UBJ Managing Board President Mrs. Snezhana Todorova.


The EU-Western Balkans Media Days that recently took place in Tirana, Albania, proved the importance of having a very firm focus on press freedom in the region where journalists are often caught in cross-fire.


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes a new UN General Assembly resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity for crimes of violence against them. RSF submitted recommendations for the resolution and urged states to approve it.


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is pleased to announce that Antoine Bernard, a human rights defender and expert in international law who was director-general of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) until last September, has been appointed RSF’s deputy director-general in charge of programmes. He will start in January.


At a solemn ceremony in the Sofia City Gallery, the traditional annual awards of the UBJ have been presented.


Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was known for her investigative journalism and her blog Running Commentary, which was one of the most widely read websites in Malta.


In a special Declaration both international organizations IFJ and EFJ expressed their concern about the case with Bulgarian journalist Victor Nikolaev. Its written:


 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

По повод декларацията на журналистите от предаването „Денят започва с култура” на БНТ, УС на СБЖ заявява категоричната си позиция, че свободата на словото и на журналистите в обществената телевизия трябва да бъдат гарантирани при всички обстоятелства. Ненамесата в работата на журналистите е неотменима част от професионалните и етичните стандарти и тази ценност, извоювана през годините, трябва да бъде отстоявана ежедневно.

22.01.2018 /17:55

Управителният съвет на Съюза на българските журналисти (СБЖ) подкрепя декларацията на бургаската журналистическа колегия в защита на свободата на словото.

19.01.2018 /16:28

СБЖ винаги ще се противопоставя на превръщането на журналистите в заложници или оръдия на битките между олигарси, или каквито и да е други противостоящи си лагери, и ще продължи да настоява свободата на словото и журналистическите права да бъдат законово защитени - цел, заложена и в законодателните инициативи, които отдавна вече са внесени от нас в Народното събрание и чието гласуване става все по-неотложна необходимост.

17.01.2018 /10:04


Достойно влизам в книгата на рекордите на Гинес – упражнявах престижна журналистическа професия в страна членка на ЕС, близо година не ми се плащаше заплата за труда ми, но аз оцелях. Значи мога да оцелея и на Марс.

19.02.2018 /08:09 | Автор: Оля Ал-Ахмед | Източник: СБЖ

Българските данъкоплатци ще трябва да платят от джоба си за дързостта на един водещ да размахва среден пръст от екрана на националната телевизия

15.02.2018 /18:38 | Автор: Милена Димитрова | Източник: СБЖ


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