Pavel Antonov is a journalist, social researcher and communications expert, based in Budapest, co-founder and executive editor of BlueLink, Bulgaria’s civic action e-network.
He leads the network's international team in supporting the strategic use of the internet communication technologies by civil society defenders of democracy, nature and common European values. He oversees BlueLink’s Virtual Newsroom and edits its e-magazine at www.BlueLink.info.
Antonov studies, pursues and safeguards ethical watchdog journalism and ciitizen participation for environmental sustainability. His recent research covers: online pressure against human/gender/environment advocates; shrinking space for democratic participation; civil society’s role against trans-border corruption; green economy and ecosystem services; and tobacco industry’s interference with society and the media. He has trained journalists and civil society across East Central Europe, the EU, the Balkans, former USSR and Turkey
Antonov is a Trustee of Greenpeace International, and a Board Member of Greenpeace CEE, the Association for Progressive Communications and the Smokefree Life Coalition in Bulgaria.
During 2001 – 2008 he was the Editor in Chief of Green Horizon, the quarterly of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe. He was also the chief editor of current affairs, host and news reporter at Bulgaria’s Nova TV (1994 – 2001). For his leadership of the Smokefree Bulgaria campaign Antonov was listed among Top 10 civil society promoters by Capital weekly in 2010.
In 2019 Antonov founded the art for democratic participation platform Freedom 263. He holds a PhD from the Geography Department of the Open University, UK, an MSC in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University, and a MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Sofia University.