International media freedom watchdog organisation Reporters Without Borders has named a Bulgarian journalist as among its “100 Information Heroes”.
“Through their courageous work or activism, these ‘100 heroes’ help to promote the freedom enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the freedom to ‘to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’ They put their ideals in the service of the common good. They serve as examples,” Reporters Without Borders said.
The list was released ahead of May 3, World Press Freedom Day.
“World Press Freedom Day, which Reporters Without Borders helped to create, should be an occasion for paying tribute to the courage of the journalists and bloggers who constantly sacrifice their safety and sometimes their lives to their vocation,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire.
Naming Bulgarian journalist Assen Yordanov, the organisation said that Bivol.bg (no relation or connection to Alex Bivol of The Sofia Globe) that was founded by Yordanov and Atanas Chobanov in October 2010 had quickly made a name for itself with exclusives about corruption, flaws in the judicial system and collusion between politicians and organised crime in Bulgaria.