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Radio Bulgaria, the international service of the Bulgarian National Radio, is now under threat of a shutdown. The one and only Bulgarian media outlet presenting the country to the world in nine foreign languages, as well as in Bulgarian, for the expatriate communities abroad, is now on the verge of extinction.
Dear colleagues, supporters and friends!

We strongly count on your support for a noble and responsible cause!

Via this petition our idea is not only to save Radio Bulgaria but also to make sure that this multi-lingual outlet, unique in Bulgaria, will realize its potential by getting the chance of optimization and development abreast of the latest trends in online information platforms. Bulgaria and the Bulgarian National Radio deserve this! We are going to work for this cause and will be looking forward to feedback from institutions on how the status of Radio Bulgaria could remain stable and independent of short-sighted decisions.

We need your urgent support for the efforts of editors, journalists, translators and institutions against this destructive act which is incompatible with the interests of Bulgarian society and statehood!
The number of languages for the content produced by Radio Bulgarian should be coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Policy Committee at the National Assembly and the President of the Republic, in compliance with the foreign policy priorities of the country.
Alexander Velev
BNR Director-General
A quote from the concept of Alexander Velev presented to the Bulgarian Council of Electronic Media in connection with the election of a director general of BNR, May 2016.
Ladies and gentlemen, we believe that the decision whether to have foreign-language content produced by the Bulgarian National Radio or not, how many languages there should be and in which languages is not an administrative prerogative of this or any other management of the BNR currently in office, but is a matter concerning the foreign policy of Bulgaria, its security in the long term.
Radio Bulgaria
Editorial Committee
An open letter to Bulgarian institutions sent by the editorial staff of Radio Bulgaria in connection with the plans of BNR director general to close down the outlet after June 1 2017.
No conditions are available to amend the license of Radio Bulgaria broadcasting abroad in foreign languages.
Council for Electronic Media
Legal statement dated 6 June 2017
BNR Director General Alexander Velev has demanded an amendment to the license that would leave only Turkish language transmissions while for the rest of foreign-language programs the status quo will remain, i.e. their dissemination exclusively online.
We fully support the stance presented in the open letter of the editors from Radio Bulgaria, namely that “the decision whether BNR should produce foreign language programs or not is not an administrative prerogative of a single management of BNR appointed for a fixed term of office, but is a matter of Bulgaria's foreign policy, as well as of its security, in the long term.”
Open letter
Union of Bulgarian Journalists
Union of Bulgarian Writers
The Bulgarian Translators' Union
Association of the Spanish Speaking Journalists in Bulgaria
Association of Francophile Journalists in Bulgaria
Europe and the World Foundation
In a message to 15 leading public institutions, 6 professional and public organizations have voiced their explicit objection to the unacceptable actions of BNR Director-General Alexander Velev aimed at shutting down Radio Bulgaria.
In the section Impact you can find all texts, commentaries and media coverage of the topic of Radio Bulgaria’s closedown.