June 20, 2012

Milena Dimitrova

Milena Dimitrova
Bulgarian journalist;
SEEMO Board member

It untied the hands of the government to sue and to pursue journalists without anyone having complained of slander, insult or having been affected by them. It has been a long time since our humanity has seen such a rude bridle of the press. Even more disturbing is that this attack on freedom of expression occurred in the European Union – the territory of the oldest and the most strictly observed democracy in the world. Moreover, it occurred just as Hungary took over the EU presidency.

Ostensibly, as a consequence of the economic crisis, the media situations in Italy, Slovakia and other countries are in fact as a result of ugly political pressures. Combined with the total commercialisation of television and magazines – claiming they are objective – this not only indicates that freedom of speech is in danger, but also that it has been less and less respected as the mother of all freedoms.

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