0223 GMT January 23, 2021
Expressing his condolences to all BTA colleagues and Minchev’s family and friends, Noroozpoor added, “He was a professional journalist and an experienced media manager. IRNA will remember him for his contribution to the enhancement of bilateral cooperation between the two agencies.
“He also served a prominent role in his capacity as the secretary general of the News Agencies World Congress to build a professional link among news agencies around the world. He played this role in a positive and influential manner by attending and supporting the meetings of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) in recent years including the meetings in Tehran (2018), Hanoi and Seoul (2019).”
On November 6, his colleagues at BTA were informed that Minchev had tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantined. Minchev died after a short illness.
Politicians and public figures, including Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, the head of the Parliamentary Culture and Media Committee and former culture minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF), issued statements expressing their sympathies.
Minchev was born on June 5, 1953 in Sofia. In 1976, he graduated in journalism at the Lviv University in Ukraine and, in 1986, in pedagogy at the G.S. Rakovsky Military Academy. Between 1993 and 1996, he was a fellow at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
During his over 40-year-long career he was correspondent and editor of various newspapers and radio programs. Minchev was among the founders of the Atlantic Club in Bulgaria in 1991, and served on its board of directors and as press director until 2003.
Since 2003, he was director general of the Bulgarian News Agency. During his tenure at the agency he launched a network of 13 press clubs, with two of them located in Bosilegrad (Serbia) and Taraclia (Moldova).
In 2015, he became a recipient of the Golden Age Award of the Culture Ministry on the occasion of the National Awakeners’ Day.