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Atanas Tchobanov

Atanas Tchobanov

Bulgaria
For the last 14 years since its accession to the European Union in 2007, Bulgaria has remained at the bottom of indexes evaluating the level of perceived corruption and media freedom in EU member states. The decline of investigative journalism in the mainstream media is a direct consequence of the influence of powerful oligarchs linked to the government, who became media owners. I started contributing as an investigative journalist 10 years ago for a new online project, wanting to keep alive the flame of serious investigative reporting in my country.

Reporting focus

cross-border investigations and organized crimeShow more

Previous publications

Current positions

  • Editor BIRD.BG and Member of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
  • Spokesman of the team managing the platform for anonymous sharing of documents Balkanleaks.eu

Media outlets I’ve been writing for

  • Bureau for Investigative Reporting and Data (bird.bg)
  • Organised Crime and Corruption Project (occrp.org)
  • Bivol (bivol.bg)

Awards

  • Sigma Award 2020 for data journalism as part of the team investigating “The Troika Laundromat”
  • Global Shining Light Award Certificate of Excellence in Journalism 2019 for the investigation “The Azerbaijani Laundromat”
  • Global Shining Light Award Certificate of Excellence in Journalism 2017 for the investigation “Making a Killing;”
  • Serbian National Award for Investigative Reporting, 2015 and 2016

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