Oleg Panfilov dies at the age of 65

Justice for Journalists Foundation team is profoundly saddened by the death of journalist and writer Oleg Panfilov and would like to express deepest condolences to his family. JFJ would like to thank Oleg for productive cooperation on the Risk Map Project since its initiation and for continuous support to the Justice for Journalists Foundation. 

Panfilov was born in Tajikistan. He is the author of 52 books and of more than one hundred TV programmes about Georgia. He has won various international prizes and is a Cavalier of Georgia’s Order of Honour. In the 1990s, he headed the Moscow bureau of the Committee to Protect Journalists (1992-1993), and was in charge, from 1994 to 1999, of the monitoring service of the Glasnost Defence Foundation in Moscow, before setting up the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations (Moscow) of which he was director from 2000 to 2010. 

In September 2008, he received Georgian citizenship. Since 2009, he has lived in Georgia and has been a professor at Ilia State University. Panfilov collaborated with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and was an observer of the RFE/RL’s Crimea.Realities.