October 2010: Assen Yordanov is receiving the Leipzig Media Award (“European Pulitzer”) in Leipzig, in the presence of the Minister of the Interior of Germany Thomas de Mézières

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Assen Yordanov, Atanas Tchobanov


Assen Yordanov was born on February 3, 1964 in Burgas. From 1992 until 2007, he worked as investigative journalist for the newspapers Standard, Monitor and Politika (Politics). He is the author of major investigations in corruption practices and in connections of people in power to organized crime. Assen is the winner of the prestigious journalism prize Leipzig Media Award, also known as the “European Pulitzer” for 2010. In 2013, he was nominated by “Reporters Without Borders” for the Netizen Award (see the video presentation below). Assen Yordanov is the only Bulgarian in the selection of “Reporters Without Borders” – “100 heroes of information.” He lives in Burgas.



atanas-2016-smallAtanas Tchobanov was born on June 26, 1968, in Sofia. He graduated from the French Language High School in Sofia. From 1984 to 1989, he was active speleologist and mountain climber. Since 1990, he lives in France where in 2003 he obtained a PhD in linguistics at the University of Paris-West. Since 2007, Atanas works as a research engineer at CNRS, France, in the laboratory MoDyCo. He was co-founder of and journalist in the newspaper Parizhki Vesti (Paris News) from 2005 to 2009. Since 2008, he is a member of the Public Council of the Association for Free Speech “Anna Politkovskaya.”. In 2016 he was elected OCCRP Member Representative in the Board of Directors of OCCRP. Atanas Tchobanov’s interview for Novinite.com in English read HERE.

Cooperation with WikiLeaks:

Since March 2011, Bivol is an official partner of the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks for Bulgaria and the Balkans. Bivol processed and published the US diplomatic cables on Bulgaria and Macedonia (the project Cablegate), the correspondence of the American private spy headquarters Stratfor (the project Gifiles) and is a media partner in the projects PlusD and SpyFiles 3. The assessment of Julian Assange for this collaboration can be seen in his statement at the conference against corruption in the European Parliament on December 5, 2012, and also in this interview with Belgian media.


Since November 2013, Bivol is part of the network of OCCRP – Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project



Assen Yordanov is a recipient of the prestigious journalism prize Leipzig Media Award 2010.

The site has won the audience award “Person of the Year” for 2012

The site won the the prize for best journalistic materials relating to the protection of Bulgarian wildlife for 2012 and 2013 by Biodiversity Foundation and the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Bulgaria

Atanas Tchobanov is a co-recipient of the Serbian National Award for Investigative Reporting for 2015 and 2016

2017 Bivol is among the co-recipients of the Global Shining Light Award Certificate of Excellency in Journalism for the investigation “Making a Killing”

2017 Bivol is co-recipient of the “Professional and Civil Ethics” award “Samuel Frances”.

Bivol in foreign media:

If Woodward and Bernstein were Bulgarian – online in Slate, owned by the legendary Washington Post newspaper. The Bulgarian translation can be found on the site BGNES.

NDR TV Germany: Bulgarian Мedia – Free but Not Independent

ARTE TV: La liberté de la presse en Europe

European Journalism Centre: Underground professional journalism

L’Express France: Le port bulgare et la raffinerie russe

Ars Technica: Whither Whistleblowing: Where Have All the Leaking Sites Gone?

Arte TV: “Les Bulgares ne se font pas d’illusions

Arte TV: “Le système social et politique du pays est malade”

VICE USA: Burning Men of Bulgaria

ARD: Bulgarien: Abhörskandal vor den Wahlen

Alexa O’Brian Interview with Atanas Tchobanov, Balkanleaks’ spokesman and Bivol.bg co-editor

Atlatszo Hungary: Journalist buffaloes in Bulgaria

Der Spiegel Germany: How Europe is helping dictators

ARD and Euronews: ARD and Euronews Seek Independent Bivol for Comments

Kurier Austria: Wahlsieger Borisow – der Brutalo-Buddha

Ostpol Germany: Bulgaria: In the Grip of the Past

Klartext Switzerland: Sous l’emprise des oligarques

The Marker – Haaretz Israel: Oren Hazan, the Casino, the Bulgarian Mafia and the Talks between Israeli and Bulgarian Senior Officials  

ARTE TV: Vox Pop: Tourisme pour le meilleur et pour le pire (with Atanas Tchobanov)

ARTE TV: Bulgarians against corruption (with Assen Yordanov)

AFP: Bulgaria – powerless to curb corruption (with Atanas Tchobanov)

Wiener Zeitung: Land in Oligarch’s Hand (interview with Assen Yordanov)


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