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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 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.


On the occasion of the unacceptable calls made by the Monitor and Telegraph - newspapers to "clear" bTV from journalists, such as Svetoslav Ivanov, Editor of the “120 Minutes” Broadcast in the same TV, the Chairwoman of the UBJ Ms. Snezhana Todorova declared the following:


Official Declaration of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists (UBJ) Managing Board:


This year the 11th CEECOM conference „Communicative Space – Political Space” was hosted by the University of Szeged, Hungary. The next meeting of the organization will be held in Sofia.


The celebration of the 125th anniversary “Organized journalistic movement in Bulgaria” will be held under the auspicies of the head of Bulgarian State – announced Mrs. Snezhana Todorova, Chair of the UBJ Managing Board.


After negotiations for a collective agreement with the Norwegian Public Broadcasting (NRK), the Norwegian Union of Journalists (NJ) managed to win on all main demands on 23 May 2018 in Oslo.


The indictment of state treason can be compared only with the dramatic persecution of Turkish or Palestinian journalists thrown behind the bars, said the UBJ Managing Board Chair, on the occasion of the arrest in Kiev of Kiril Vishinski. The journalist is a head of the news agency RIA "Novosti Ukraine" and the accusation of treason against him is on the basis of pronounced positions in his publications.


Just before opening of the the discussion “The Media crisis is a crisis of the Journalism” Jim Boumelha sent the address personally to Mrs. Snezhana Todorova, Chairperson of the UBJ Managing Board.


A delegation of about 20 young German journalists together with the Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (DJV) and Deutsche Journalisten Union (dju in ver.di) met with publishers to demand better working conditions in Berlin.


 Събития в СБЖ

 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

Публикуваме изказването на председателя на УС на СБЖ Снежана Тодорова, което тя не получи възможност да произнесе по време на дискусия в НС по повод медиен законопроект, задвижен от депутати от ДПС. На предложенията на СБЖ за законодателни промени в защита на свободата на словото и правата на журналистите, които бяха внесени преди повече от година в Комисията по културата и медиите, и досега не е даден ход

21.09.2018 /19:30

По традиция Съюзът на българските журналисти ще връчи годишните си награди за творчески постижения по повод 1 ноември – Ден на народните будители, за които се приемат предложения до 15 октомври 2018 г.

18.09.2018 /21:09

Европейският парламент (ЕП) прие спорната и преработвана реформа на разпоредбите за авторското право. На сесията в Страсбург евродепутатите одобриха с мнозинство от 438 гласа „за“, 226 „против“ и 39 „въздържали се“ позицията, която задължава интернет гигантите да заплащат труда на журналистите и артистите, когато използват техни произведения. Журналистите също така трябва да получават дял от всяко възнаграждение, свързано с авторското право, получавано от издателските къщи, реши ЕП.

12.09.2018 /16:56


Във връзка със задържането в РПУ Радомир на двамата журналисти от OCCRP – Димитър Стоянов от "Биволъ" и Атила Биру от Rise Romania – румънския партньор на "Биволъ", изразявам недоумението и категоричния си протест срещу ареста на представители на медии и нарушаването на правата на нашите колеги по време на изпълнение на служебните им задължения.

14.09.2018 /16:14 | Автор: Иван Върбанов | Източник: СБЖ

За читателите на сайта на СБЖ може би не е потребно да се припомня кой е Борис Ангелушев. И все пак... Роден през 1902-ра в Пловдив, учи в Художествената кадемия в Берлин, после отива в Прага, живее и в Цюрих, завръща се в родината си.

09.09.2018 /23:16 | Автор: Иван Тодоров | Източник: СБЖ


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