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
PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
.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. .
SOCIAL AND TRADE-UNION ACTIVITIES
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