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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The EFJ represents over 250,000
journalists in over 30 European