2019-10-15 17:26:00

The President: Only Free and Independent Media May Counteract the Dangers Democracy is Facing

Only free and independent from political and economic influence media may counteract the dangerous processes that threaten democracy. This is what President Rumen Radev said at a meeting with Deutsche Welle Director General Peter Limbourg, who is visiting Bulgaria. German Ambassador to Bulgaria Christoph Eihhorn also attended the meeting at 2 Dondukov street.

The two discussed the methods for guaranteeing the media’s financial and political independence, including the forming of budgets of the public media, the challenges the professional journalist standards are facing in the competitive environment of the social networks, and also encouraging the media literacy of the audience. “We need clear and transparent criteria for funding particularly as far as the money form the European programs is concerned,” the Head of State said. Rumen Radev and Peter Limbourg were unanimous that the pluralistic media environment is not only a pillar of democracy, but also part of every country’s good image.

Peter Limbourg familiarized the President with the activity of the German media, its funding and its initiatives. The work of the Deutsche Welle academy was also presented, which is related to the development of media literacy and fighting fake news. Deutsche Welle broadcasts in 30 languages and reaches an audience of 197 million people a week through a content broadcast on television, radio and internet.


16 November 2019 | 15:03
The President took part in celebrating the feast of the holy monastery in Mount Athos together with hundreds of pilgrims from Bulgaria and the region

15 November 2019 | 17:05
Mount Athos has had a beneficial impact on the Orthodox community centuries on end and I hope that its relations with Bulgaria will continue to develop and deepen. This is what Head of State Rumen Radev said at a meeting with Protepistate Hieromonk Stephen and the Holy Community of Mount Athos - the Holy Community (Koinotita), comprised of representatives of each one of the 20 Orthodox monasteries. The Bulgarian President is visiting Mount Athos to take part in the celebrations of the feast the Bulgarian Orthodox St. George the Zograf Monastery – 16 November.

12 November 2019 | 11:11
Topical issues of mutual interest in the spheres of energy, economy, rule of law, security, trade, investment programs and education were discussed at the meeting.

11 November 2019 | 13:01
Together with world powers Bulgaria reaffirmed itself as one of the leading researchers in the exploration of Antarctica. This is what Head of State Rumen Radev said at the traditional ceremony held in the coat-of-arms hall at 2 Dondukov street at which he handed the national flag to the participants in the 28th Bulgarian Antarctic expedition.