February 11, 2021 Find out more Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest News March 10, 2021 Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom After the government’s failure to make press freedom a priority, the recommendations are being targeted at all the political parties and at the Bulgarian public. Drafted with the help of Bulgarian media experts, they aim to turn press freedom into the subject of a national debate and an election issue ahead of the poll on 4 April.These elections are crucial because they will determine the composition of Bulgaria’s next government and will decide who is to be prime minister, the most powerful person in the country’s political system.“Press freedom has reached an impasse in Bulgaria and independent media are on the brink of disappearing,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s EU and Balkans desk. “These parliamentary elections provide an opportunity for action by domestic political forces and every voter who is concerned about the freedom and quality of the media.”Proposals about journalists’ safety are included in these new recommendations. In 2020, RSF registered numerous cases of violence against reporters in connection with their work, while the authorities have struggled to respond to these abuses. The instigator of an attack against Slavi Angelov, an investigative reporter for the 168 Chasa website, was not brought to justice. The chief public prosecutor’s office refused to investigate the beating that freelance journalist Dimiter Kenarov received from the police when arrested last September. Nikolay Staykov, a journalist working with the Anti-Corruption Fund, an NGO, was given the protection only after RSF’s intervention, while those behind the death threats against him and behind an attack on his home have still not been identified.Bulgaria’s media professionals are often subjected to judicial and economic harassment, while media critical of the government are denied state advertising and access to information. The independence of public broadcasters suffers from political interference while, in a conflict of interests, some privately-owned media are used to inflict reprisals without regard to journalistic ethics.RSF’s recommendations address these different issues and are intended to be combined with the proposal – submitted to the Bulgarian government a year ago, but left without a response – to create an independent and pluralistic national commission for improving press freedom in Bulgaria.Bulgaria is ranked 111th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, the lowest position of any EU country. BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsMedia independence Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more News Organisation BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsMedia independence RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 23, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is publishing 10 concrete recommendations on how to address the dire press freedom situation in Bulgaria. Including such aspects as journalists’ safety, access to information, ethics and media funding, they are being published now in order to stimulate a debate on this vital subject in the run-up to a decisive election in this European Union member country. Receive email alerts to go further Related documents RSF’s 10 recommendations to rescue press freedom in BulgariaPDF – 137.51 KB News News Follow the news on Bulgaria
Elizabethton Airport manager Dan Cogan was among the first people to call 911 for help.“I’ve had an airplane run off the runway. I need you to roll everything you can,” Cogan said, per WWLP. Related News Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife, daughter ‘safe’ after plane crash in Tennessee Another caller witnessed the passengers and pilots emerging from the plane.“There’s somebody getting out. They’re trying to get out now,” she said. “Five people and a dog.”The radio traffic between first-responders dispatched to the scene was also released.”We’ve got fire coming out of manholes. We’ve got 1,000 gallons on fuel on the plane,” one man said. “Go ahead and get EMA (Emergency Management Agency) en route up here.”Since the airport is about 15 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR thanked the first responders by offering them free tickets to this weekend’s races.We had a great time with our first responder family at the BMS night race! A big thank you to NASCAR for giving us and all the agencies that responded to Dale Jr.’s plane crash free tickets! pic.twitter.com/xEgZqFwT8v— Carter County SO (@CarterTNSheriff) August 18, 2019″We had a great time with our first responder family at the BMS night race!” the Carter County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office posted Saturday on Twitter. “A big thank you to NASCAR for giving us and all the agencies that responded to Dale Jr.’s plane crash free tickets!”Earnhardt was reportedly taken to Johnson City Medical Center due to what was described as “cuts and abrasions” but was eventually released. NBC Sports issued a statement later Thursday confirming Earnhardt will take some time off to recover.”We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident,” the statement read. “After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family. We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington.”The cause of the crash is still being investigated. The recordings of the 911 calls made after a private plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family crashed have been released, and they’re as alarming as you’d expect.A plane carrying the retired NASCAR driver, his wife Amy and their daughter Isla went down near Bristol last Thursday, but the family and their two pilots were miraculously unharmed after the incident. NASCAR world reacts to Dale Earnhardt Jr., family surviving plane crash
Two women with outstanding warrants have added new charges to their list after they were found to be driving around town with a 16-day old infant on the floor of their car.The incident occurred in London, Kentucky Thursday.Officials say both 32-year-old Rebeca Jean Fultz and her mother, 69-year-old Charolotte J. Simpson were pulled over for outstanding warrants Thursday around 7:30 pm.While authorities conducted the arrest, Fultz informed them that her newborn was in the car. Officials reported that they could not find the infant at first, because she was not strapped into a car seat. The infant was later found on the floor of the vehicle between the passenger and front seat.Officials also reported that the infant was covered in ants, had a soiled diaper, and was laid amongst trash, an unsecured flat-screen television, and seemed to be having trouble breathing.The infant was taken to an area hospital where their condition was said to have since improved. The infant is still, however, being treated for dehydration, and will be turned over to social services.As for the child’s mother and grandmother, they have been taken to a local jail where they face child abuse charges along with their warrants.