IFJ Calls for Fair Treatment of Radio K2 in Bulgaria

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and

its European group the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today called

for fair treatment of Radio

K2 by the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria.

"Radio

K2 should be granted the chance to exist

according to the national broadcasting regulations and we call on Bulgarian

regulators and competent bodies to handle its case in a fair and transparent

manner that guarantees it is free of political interference," said IFJ General

Secretary Aidan White.

Radio

K2 has participated actively in the democratic

life of Bulgarian society since the presidential elections in 2006. In 2007

Radio K2 first applied  for an official

license. The Council of

Electronic Media has approved the programme scheme of K2

when they applied, but the Communications Regulation Commission has refused. The Supreme Administrative Court is now asked

to take a decision about a potential closure of the radio.

The

IFJ/EFJ members in Bulgaria,

the Union of Journalists in Bulgaria PODKREPA and the Bulgarian Union of

Journalists, are concerned that the treatment of Radio K2 may be politically

and economically motivated to defend particular interests and they call for a

full and transparent review of the licensing process of the station.

"We

do not see any concrete reason or any urgency to force Radio K2 to close down"

added White. "The authorities must clearly explain the motivation for their

decisions concerning broadcast licensing".

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