Sevinj Osmanqizi

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Sevinj Osmanqizi
Osmanqizi during the show.jpg
Osmanqizi during the Open Talk show
Born Sevinj Osman gizi Mirzayeva
(1969-06-22) 22 June 1969 (age 45)
Baku, Azerbaijani SSR
Nationality Azerbaijani
Education Baku State University
Occupation Journalist, presenter, political commentator
Notable credit(s) ANS TV

Sevinj Osmanqizi (Azerbaijani: Sevinc Osmanqızı) (born 22 June 1969) is a journalist, media personality, author and evening TV show host best known for her serious interviews with various political figures.[1] She is known for her forthright interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians. Osmanqizi is ANS TV network's Chief Editor and News Director, Chairwoman of WMW.

She is the first Azerbaijani woman appointed to a diplomatic post, a CNN World View contributor, and host of the weekly debate programme Open Talk.[2]


She was born in Baku, Azerbaijan to a well-known journalist Osman Mirzayev and his wife, newspaper editor Solmaz Mirzayeva. Her father's tragic in 1991 Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 shootdown have greatly affected her.

After graduating from university, she worked as TV reporter and became popular for her news reports from the Nagorno-Karabakh war.[3] In 1990's she was one of the first news presenters introducing independent from government reporting, contributing a newer, outspoken quality to Azerbaijani television.[4] In 1992, Osmanqizi demonstrated her distinctive line of questioning in interview with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She has regularly made headlines with interviewees such as James Baker, Benazir Bhutto and others.[5] She produced two-part documentary investigating the tragedy that the peace mission, including her father.

In 1994, Osmanqizi became the first Azerbaijani woman appointed to a diplomatic post when she was named Deputy Spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry.[6] However her diplomatic career was brief; Later in 1994 she moved to UK to work for BBC World Service.[7]

Upon return to Azerbaijan, Osmanqizi became Chief Editor of ANS Independent Broadcast Company. In 2012, she introduced political special Open Talk, a televised debate, hosting political leaders labeled as ‘radical opposition' and blacklisted for decades. Media experts characterized the debates as the rare exception in the Azerbaijani media offering pluralism of views. [8]


  • Author of "Black January, Red Carnations" (ANS TV, 2012)
  • Author of "Mission of Peace" ( ANS TV, 2011)
  • Author of "Mission of Peace-2" (ANS TV, 2012)
  • Author of "Civilizations" (BBC World Service, 1999)


  1. ^ "US Ambassador’s remarks at the reception organized in honor of English Language Courses Graduates". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "CNN looks at oil-boom Azerbaijan". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sevinc Osmanqızı: "Bir nəfər də tapmadım mənə desin ki, "Sən ağıllı hərəkət edirsən""". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "SEVİNC OSMANQIZI ANS-də APARACAĞI İKİ VERİLİŞDƏN DANIŞIR". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "SEVİNC OSMANQIZI “VARİS”də". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sevinc Osmanqızı mükafatlandırıldı". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sevinc Osmanqızı BBC-nin təklifindən niyə imtina etdi?". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Azərbaycanın elektron KİV-də dialoq yoxdur". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Who is Osmanqizi? [1]
  • ANS TV introduces a political special, “Open Talk,” a televised debate between political parties." IREX MSI Index