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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 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.


To mark the International Workers´ Day on 1 May, Philippe Leruth, IFJ president, said: “For journalism to retain its role as the fourth pillar of democracy, we need strong unions to defend our rights” “May Day is an opportunity for the IFJ to stand by its affiliates and reaffirm the advantages of being part of a union. We encourage all our affiliates to mark May day by demonstrating the importance of being part of a union and making recrutment of all journalists a priority”.


The journalistic conference is under the title: ”The freedom depends on you!" and will take place on May, 3th, at 10:00 a.m., in the Press Club "Journalist" in Sofia.


The European Union and Balkans region continues to be the one where the media are freest, although its regional indicator (of the overall level of constraints and violations) registered the biggest increase in the past year: +3.8 percent.


The ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme offers media workers under threat a safe environment to rest, recover and continue their journalistic work. The deadline to apply is 12 May 2017.


This campaign as a priority for 2017/18. A dedicated website will provide access to all the information – briefings, facts, lobbying notes, visuals - needed to enable affiliates to join the campaign. More than 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.


Better contracts, more transparency in payments and a fair share of remuneration for journalists: these are on top of the agenda for the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in the latest consultation on the EU copyright directive. The EFJ is putting forward important amendments to the proposed new rights for internet publishers.


Insurance for journalists - IFJ Insurance scheme is the title of the webinar, organized by IFJ/EFJ, especially for freelance journalists.


 Акценти и позиции

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.

16.05.2017 /17:52

Световният ден на свободата на печата събра на организирана от Съюза на българските журналисти конференция колеги, преподаватели, студенти по журналистика. Естествено беше събитието да се състои в дома на свободното слово, какъвто от години е СБЖ. Затова и залата на Пресклуб „Журналист“ беше препълнена.

03.05.2017 /18:09

ЕС осъжда нарастващия брой заплахи и нарушения срещу журналисти. Това се посочва в изявление на върховния представител на ЕС по външната политика и сигурността Федерика Могерини по повод Международния ден на свободата на печата.

02.05.2017 /18:17


Уважаеми колеги от всички мобилни оператори по света и най-вече у нас. Декларирам на всеослушание: Аз не искам смартфон! Моля ви, не ми изпращайте никакви оферти. Па било то и за 1 /един/ лев.

25.04.2017 /08:20 | Автор: Иван Каневчев | Източник: СБЖ

„Заблуждава ни ослепяващо невежество. О, окаяни смъртни, отворете си очите!” Тези думи на Леонардо Да Винчи идват наум на фона на два актуални медийни сюжета - обвиненията между колеги от Нова телевизия и интригата между издателя на в. „Сега” и главния прокурор

20.04.2017 /14:40 | Автор: Майя Любомирска | Източник: СБЖ


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