Media freedom core issue in resignation of Bulgarian National Radio head

At the core of the controversy around the resignation of Bulgarian National Radio director-general Andon Baltakov are the issues of media freedom and the quest for the independence of the country’s public broadcasters.

Balktakov, a Yale University graduate whose CV includes having worked for CNN and the Associated Press, submitted his resignation to broadcast regulator the Council for Electronic Media on October 21, just short of nine months to the day since CEM appointed him.

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.