Vienna, 23 October, 2015 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the decision of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prohibit filming for most media outlets during an election night press conference on 25 October.
National television stations will be the only ones allowed to film the conference, while local outlets will be denied that right. After several TV stations, as well as the Ombudsman, filed a complaint against this decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement claiming that there are no restrictions for media representatives, but the press centre within the National Palace of Culture (NDK) would only allow cameramen from national televisions to attend.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe. SEEMO’s press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.