Bulgarian reporter’s defamation conviction sets dangerous precedent

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive March 10, 2021 Find out more Rossen Bossev, a reporter for the Bulgarian business weekly Capital Weekly, was fined 500 euros by a Sofia court on 21 May on a charge of defaming former FSC chairman Stoyan Mavrodiev in a TV interview in January 2015. In the interview, Bossev said Mavrodiev had “facilitated money laundering of a sum acquired through drug trafficking” and had “used the FSC to put financial pressure” on Capital Weekly and Dnevnik, a daily owned by the same publisher.While not disputing the facts of the first statement, the court nonetheless ruled that it was defamatory on the grounds that Mavrodiev was not convicted in the money-laundering case to which Bossev referred. And the court ruled that the second statement was defamatory because the heavy fines imposed on Capital Weekly and Dnevnik were signed by Mavrodiev’s deputy, not Mavrodiev himself.“Although the size of Rossen Bossev’s fine, 500 euros, was symbolic, we regard this decision as an impediment to investigative journalism, one likely to set a precedent,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “Furthermore, as the judge in this case was Petya Krancheva, who had been criticized several times in the past by Bossev in his Capital Weekly articles, we question this decision’s impartiality.”Despite Bossev’s request, Krancheva refused to recuse herself in the case, claiming that she had never read his articles criticizing her. Organisation News Follow the news on Bulgaria Rossen Boussev / DR BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestCorruptionOrganized crimeImpunityEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Bulgaria is ranked 111th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, the lowest position in the EU BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestCorruptionOrganized crimeImpunityEconomic pressureJudicial harassment  In a joint statement several days after Bossev’s conviction, his colleagues said it was designed to ”suppress critical journalism.” This is not the first defamation case against a Capital Weekly journalists, but none of the others has been brought before a criminal court. “We believe that journalism serves a necessary and integral corrective function in democracy” in the event of threats to “the best interests of citizens and business,” the statement said. As no appeal is possible against the court’s verdict, Bossev and his lawyer have announced that they intend to refer the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Newscenter_img News June 7, 2019 Bulgarian reporter’s defamation conviction sets dangerous precedent February 11, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Bulgarian journalist’s criminal defamationconviction for criticizing the former head of Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission(FSC). It sets a dangerous precedent for investigative journalism in a country that alreadyhas the European Union’s worst press freedom ranking, RSF said. Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom News Help by sharing this information Receive email alertslast_img read more

Making the millennial connection starts by listening

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s taken some time, but Mountain America Credit Union thinks they have finally figured out the Millennial puzzle.In 2010, with Millennials representing less than 30% of it membership, the $6 billion credit union based in West Jordan, Utah began a more focused strategic push to reach the critical demographic.Today, Millennials account for 41% of MACU’s 600,000 members. In 2016, Millennials represented half of the credit union’s total member growth. Millennials now also make up about 70% of MACU’s workforce, with 45% of its workforce falling between the ages of 18 to 29.It’s a constant work in progress says Jeremy Nelson, VP of direct marketing at MACU. He says the credit union’s success with Millennials isn’t the result of one decision or initiative, but rather it came from a series of various strategic moves made throughout the organization over time.MACU first started by investing in research. But rather than just rely on standard surveys and typical focus groups, the credit union established advisory councils at local high schools. These young ambassadors would meet monthly to discuss banking’s pain points and how they’d like to engage with their financial institution. The credit union would also proactively seek their input on design concepts or a rewards program for Millennials. continue reading »last_img read more