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 Union of Bulgarian Journalists is the largest and most authoritative journalistic 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 awareness, as well as the  prevention of censorship.


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

1.promotion and enhancement the role of professional journalism in the society; 2.adherence to professional standards and rules of professional ethics;3.providing and protection the freedom, independence and autonomy of of the media,4.expressing the common interests of Bulgarian journalists to government, municipal and business authorities and all other bodies in Bulgaria and abroad;5/developing and expanding the international cooperation in the field of professional journalism.


The Governing body of  UBJ is the Managing Board. The members of the UBJ are around 4500 journalists, united in 155 societies throughout the country


.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 award "The Golden Pen". With celebrations -  under the auspices 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 journalistic organizations from 51 countries. The priorities of the international activities  has always been the relations and cooperation with journalists' unions from the Balkan countries. UBJ was a partner in a  joint project with the Union of Journalists of Northern Greece, based in Thessaloniki. The project was granted by the trans-border cooperation programs - "INTERREG-2." Very fruitful relationship we have with "Friedrich Ebert" Foundation - Germany. The contacts with journalists from several countries are implemented within the events at European Federation of Journalists and  with International Federation of Journalists. .

Taking into consideration the traditions and capabilities of our union, we have assumed also some social and trade union functions. During a lot of meeting with representatives of the employers, as well as with members of the executive, legislative and judicial authorities we have placed the protection of journalistic work and journalistic  rights.Union of Bulgarian Journalists owns recreation facilities in the cities of Varna, Bankya and  Batak. There are wonderful conditions for carrying on different kind of international and national creative events, seminars and conferences, as well as for a complete vacation of USB members and journalists from abroad.


Mrs. SNEZHANA TODOROVA – President of the Managing Board of the UBJ

Mr. IVAN VARBANOV – Secretary General of the UBJ


The letter on the name of President Rumen Radev, confirmed his support for preserving the foreign language-Broadcast of the Bulgarian National Radio and underlined “…that the Head of state and his team are watching closely and engaged with the processes related the future of Radio Bulgaria".


“Our integration into the EU requires more communication, but not isolation. It is unacceptable on the eve of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council to discuss ideas, concerning the closure of “Radio Bulgaria”.


Barbara Barnett, PhD Professor in William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications - University of Kansas wrote a letter to the Union of Bulgarian Journalists. We are publishing the full text of the letter:


UBJ has invited the Bulgarian deputees to discuss the proposals for legislative changes, which aimes to make media ownership and funding more transparent, as well as to protect journalism - to insure the journalists security, to protect the media environment through a new mechanism for supporting the printed publications etc.


The Chairperson of the UBJ Managing Board Ms. Snezhana Todorova took part in the meeting and presented a book by MacGahan from the UBJ – archives.


In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is revolutionary act /George Orwell/ - the motto of the Conference.


Important documents were adopted at the recently held forum in the Romanian capital. The Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists was held on May 18-19, 2017 In Bucharest, Romania.


The first night performance will be on July, 4th 2017. The Union of Bulgarian Journalists /UBJ/ is a media – partner of the Sofia Opera Theater.


We have extended the deadline for applications for the next cycle of our Journalists-in-Residence (JiR) Programme.


On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani commented: “As a former journalist, I know that being able to work independently is essential. Without this freedom there cannot be political scrutiny, transparency, fight again corruption, good governance, freedom of decision.


 Събития в СБЖ

 Правни въпроси и отговори

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

29.05.2017 /21:46 | Автор: Андрей Александров | Източник: СБЖ

 Акценти и позиции

Комисията по журналистическа етика на СБЖ излезе със становище по повод изложението на отговорния редактор на сайта на СБЖ Къдринка Къдринова, сезирала Комисията за заплахи, отправени към нея от члена на СЕМ Бетина Жотева по време на заседание на Комисията по културата и медиите към Народното събрание на 15 юни 2017 г.

23.06.2017 /15:56

„Интеграцията ни в ЕС изисква комуникация, а не изолация. Неприемливо е в навечерието на Българското председателство на съвета на ЕС да се обсъжда идеята за закриването на „Радио България”.” Това заяви държавният глава на среща с журналисти от предванията на БНР за чужбина. Александър Велев спря реформата си и обеща "обществена дискусия"

16.06.2017 /17:25

Председателят на УС на СБЖ Снежана Тодорова изпрати писмо до председателите на журналистическите дружества на СБЖ, в което са описани възможностите за почивка на съюзните членове в Международния дом на журналистите във Варна през 2017 г.

16.06.2017 /17:10


Последният медиен скандал, при който член на Съвета за електронни медии (СЕМ) без всякакви задръжки заплаши публично журналист, е сериозно доказателство, че отреденото ни от класацията на „Репортери без граници“ 109-о място по свобода на словото е реално. Както се казва, и това ни е много.

23.06.2017 /20:16 | Автор: Майя Любомирска | Източник: СБЖ

В бъдеще историците може и да не са единодушни кога е възникнал авторитаризмът в Турция. Но със сигурност ще знаят как той се е утвърдил. Защото има огромно количество свидетелства, които го доказват.

16.06.2017 /16:00 | Автор: Мехмед Юмер, главен редактор на двуезичния вестник „Седмичен обзор“ | Източник: СБЖ


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