site.btaUPDATED For 125 Years BTA Has Been Telling Others' Stories, Not Its Own - Director General Valchev
For 125 years, BTA has been telling others' stories and not its own, said here on Thursday evening the Bulgarian national news agency's Director General Kiril Valchev before the start of the Sofia Philharmonic's concert dedicated to BTA's 125th anniversary.
BTA's strength is precisely this memory of yesteryear, accumulated over the course of 125 years through today's news, Valchev said. This strength is bigger than the exclusive, special and breaking news, which the media are often tempted to announce in order to put themselves in the focus, instead of the news, Kiril Valchev said.
For 125 years, BTA has been telling Bulgarians about the world and the world about Bulgaria, and not about itself, without giving assessments, with a clearly stated source behind each story, without chasing ratings, likes or circulations, he said.
BTA welcomes its 125th anniversary by continuing to follow the five main objectives, which it has always followed, he said, referring to the five principles he set for the Agency - freedom, truth, knowledge, community and memory.
Access to BTA's news has been free of charge for a year now, because the truth must be free in a world where lies are free, Valchev said, adding that access to information is the right of every person under the Constitution, and not a marketed product,
BTA is a school where one can learn the truth of today, the national news agency's head said, adding that BTA prefers slow truth over fast lies.
Valchev concluded his speech by saying that BTA preserves the memory of each day in the 125 years of Bulgaria's history, while also preserving the memory of itself and all those who built BTA.