May 4, 2011
That is the title of this cable released yesterday by Wikileaks.
The cable, from June 2009, marked ‘Confidential’, is scathing about the Bulgarian press.
Taken from the Summary, “Bulgarian media is highly manipulated and
increasingly concentrated in fewer hands. Reporters and editors accept bribes to cover stories, to print propaganda articles as though they were news, and to not print information that sponsors do not approve.”
Taken from point 5. (C) is this, “Privately, journalists say that political parties pay reporters, editors, and TV producers for interviews and news coverage, which appears without any financial disclosure. Political parties also openly sponsor papers, such as Duma (Socialists) and Ataka newspaper and TV Skat sponsored by the nationalist party Ataka, which are easily identifiable.”
If you work in the media, or the EU media, this will be a depressingly familiar read. To me, it seems as though Bulgaria is doing it’s best to get used to the workings of the EU…financialguy