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Video of Neelie Kroes’ meeting with Bulgarian media, September 2012 (by PolitikatNet)

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It is not always about the law. A country can have a good law – but if it is
i) abused or not enforced, or
ii) there is a culture that encourages forms of self-censorship, or
iii) there is a lack of transparency about how the sector operates, then the law alone cannot solve that problem. On the point of transparency I want to be very clear. I raised the issue of transparency with your Prime Minister today. He agreed with me: there is not enough transparency in Bulgaria concerning both ownership and financing of media in Bulgaria. I then asked if he would support an effort to increase transparency – he told me I have his full support.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes tells a meeting of Bulgarian media and NGOs that there is political will to tackle the media ownership crisis in the country (The Problems of Bulgarian Media Are Already a European Problem)

It is not always about the law. A country can have a good law – but if it is
i) abused or not enforced, or
ii) there is a culture that encourages forms of self-censorship, or
iii) there is a lack of transparency about how the sector operates, then the law alone cannot solve that problem. On the point of transparency I want to be very clear. I raised the issue of transparency with your Prime Minister today. He agreed with me: there is not enough transparency in Bulgaria concerning both ownership and financing of media in Bulgaria. I then asked if he would support an effort to increase transparency – he told me I have his full support.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes tells a meeting of Bulgarian media and NGOs that there is political will to tackle the media ownership crisis in the country (The Problems of Bulgarian Media Are Already a European Problem)

Spassov, who has been investigating a controversial development project in the Black Sea resort city of Varna, received a parcel on July 31st containing a copy “The Art of War,” with a dedication signed by Marin Mitev, a co-owner of TIM Holding, a powerful economic group associated with the project. “If you cannot make friends or win them, it is better to leave them alone,” the dedication read, adding in post scriptum that “The world is small and it cannot be governed from Singapore.” The first part was viewed an apparent threat to Spassov himself, while the second referred to the publishers of Dnevnik and Capital.