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CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

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The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2017 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Call is divided into two categories:

PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS - 4.000 EUR

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS (born on or after 1/1/1987) - 1.000 EUR

The Award aims to honour the work carried out by investigative journalists and their contribution to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.

Applications will be examined by an international jury made up of distinguished journalists and media experts from the region, which may also include winners of previous editions of the Award.

The awarding ceremony will take place during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 27-28 November 2017.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Eligibility
The Call is open to nationals of the 18 CEI Member States: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Print, Radio, TV, news agencies and Internet media are admitted.

For Category 1, candidates should have been actively engaged in investigative reporting over the last two years and should still be active in journalism. Two samples of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.

For Category 2, candidates should have been actively involved in investigative reporting, even in the context of training activities organised by schools/universities/NGOs and, as a result, should have published at least one investigative story meeting all professional standards. One sample of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.

Submission modalities
Candidates have to be recommended by trustworthy individuals, journalism and media organisations, media companies, civil society organisations, journalism schools or universities, trade unions or other social organisations from the target countries. The nominator should write a recommendation letter and make it available to the nominee/candidate.

The nominees/candidates have to go through an online application procedure and provide all necessary documents for the application in digital form (see details below).

HOW TO APPLY
Candidates shall fill in an Online Application Form available here: xxx



The following documents in PDF format shall be uploaded:
1. Curriculum Vitae (personal and professional data sheet according to Europass format or similar);
2. A recommendation letter;
3. Up to three samples of journalistic work in a single PDF document (minimum two samples in Category 1, one sample in Category 2). For online work samples, insert hyperlinks in a PDF document, or print out online articles in a PDF file. Hyperlinks need to be accessible at least until 15 July 2017. In case of audio/video material, please upload the files making use of file-sharing services (e.g. WeTransfer or Dropbox) including a script or scenario.
Material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a short summary in English.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The jury will take into account the relevance of the matters covered by the reports, which should have a focus on the target countries, as well as the quality of reporting in terms of documentation, data, writing and production. The personal risks taken while performing the duties as well as the impact on society of the messages conveyed will also be evaluated.

CLOSING DATE
Applications shall be submitted by Wednesday, 31 May 2017 (23.59 CEST).

For further information: press@cei.int

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2016: Lindita Çela (Albania) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Artsiom Harbatsevich (Belarus) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” - Special mention to Iurie Sănduță (Moldova)

2015: Aleksandra Bogdani (Albania) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Nadia Burdey (Ukraine) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” - Special mention to Mirko Bošković, Vlado Otašević (Montenegro)

2014: Brankica Stanković (Serbia) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Sadeta Fišić, Jovana Kljajić and Maida Salkanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” – Special mention to Anna Babinets (Ukraine)

2013: Mahir Šahinović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Rosen Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) - Special mention to Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI)

2012: Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga (Slovenia) - Special investigative diploma to Telnis Skuqi (Albania) and special mention to CIN Sarajevo

2011: Włodzimierz Kalicki (Poland) - Special investigative journalism diploma to Artan Hoxha (Albania), Dijana Subotički (Serbia), Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga (Slovenia)

2010: Adrian Mogoş (Romania) - Special mention to Iryna Khalip (Belarus) and Lydia Pavlova (Bulgaria)

2009: Besar Likmeta (Albania) - Special mention to Esad Hećimović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Stefan Candea (Romania)

2008: Drago Hedl (Croatia)

ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS

Central European Initiative (CEI) - www.cei.int
The CEI is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations, as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 18 Member States: 10 EU members (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the Observer Status in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) - www.seemo.org
The SEEMO is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies and news media in South East and Central Europe. With its committees, the SEEMO aims to create a bridge between international media activities and the media developments in the region. One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East and Central Europe. Over 60 percent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results. The SEEMO works in cooperation with the International Institute - International Media Center (II-IMC) and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO).

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) - www.kas.de/medien-europa/en/
With 80 offices and projects in more than 100 countries worldwide, the KAS contributes to promoting democracy, the rule of law and social market economy. An essential part of this work is the promotion of free and independent media and the support of professional and ethical media coverage.

The Media Program South East Europe, established in 2007, is part of the global media programme of the KAS. It concentrates its efforts in this field in three main directions – education and trainings for journalists, who recognise their social, political, informational and watch-dog role; media policy and media ethics for an independent and multifaceted media landscape; and a professional and value- oriented political communication serving for a better understanding between citizens, politicians and civil society.

CEI - SEEMO Award 2016

Albanian and Belarusian journalists win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2016

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The Central European Initiative ( CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung ( KAS), have announced the winners of the “CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2016”:

Lindita Çela in the section “Professional Journalists” and Artsiom Harbatsevich in the section “Young Professional Journalists”. Lindita Çela, an investigative journalist at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Albania, has been awarded for her overall professional achievements and hard-hitting investigations exposing corruption scandals in the highest levels of power as well as revelations on Albania’s organised crime networks, stretching from the Accursed Mountains to the streets of Brussels. For over more than 15 years of experience as a reporter, she has been covering complex stories with a huge impact in Albanian society, showing impressive courage and determination.

Artsiom Harbatsevich, a young journalist from Minsk, Belarus, with working experiences at Intex - press and Nasha Niva, has been awarded for his activity as investigative reporter producing some works having great impact and repercussions in his country. In particular, in one investigation, he examined the pro-Russian paramilitary groups receiving support from Russian funds, while in another work he exposed the channel through which Belarusian teenagers from a border region were taken to military training in Russia.

Çela and Harbatsevich will officially receive the awards offered by the CEI (4,000 EUR and 1,000 EUR respectively) on the occasion of the X South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Belgrade, Serbia, on 21-22 November 2016.

A Special Mention has been assigned to Iurie Sănduță, director of RISE Moldova and member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). As a specialist in cross-border investigations, coordinating the investigation department at Ziarul de Gardă in Chișinău, his work is also well-known in the Romanian media, especially in recent years, when he revealed several high -level corruption schemes, disclosing the criminal organisation and making connections in offshore areas. He is the co-author of the investigative border projects "A Murderer's Trail" and "The Russian Laundromat”.

35 nominations, covering 12 countries, have been submitted this year, confirming the region-wide impact and relevance of the Award.

The independent international jury, who decides by majority voting, included: Aleksandra Bogdani (Albania), editor for Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN); Saša Leković (Croatia), investigative journalist, trainer and media advisor in SEE countries, president of Investigative Journalism Center, president of Croatian Journalists’ Association; Luka Zanoni (Italy), editor-in-chief, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso; Marina Constantinoiu (Romania), journalist/editor-in-chief, miscareaderezistenta.ro; Anna Babinets (Ukraine), editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and co-founder of Slidstvo.info.

The overall Award coordination was managed by Barbara Fabro (CEI) and Oliver Vujovic (SEEMO).

CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2016

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2016 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Call is divided into two categories:

PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS - 4.000 EUR
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL YOURNALISTS (born on or after 1/1/1986) - 1.000 EUR

The Award, launched in 2008, aims to honour the work carried out by investigative journalists and their contribution to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.
Applications will be examined by an international jury made up of distinguished journalists and media experts from the region, which may also include winners of previous editions of the Award.
The awarding ceremony will take place during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Belgrade, Serbia, on 21-22 November 2016

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Eligibility
The Call is open to nationals of the 18 CEI Member States: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Print, Radio, TV, news agencies and Internet media are admitted.

For Category 1, candidates should have been actively engaged in investigative reporting over the last two years and should still be active in journalism. Two samples of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.
For Category 2, candidates should have been actively involved in investigative reporting, even in the context of training activities organised by schools/universities/NGOs and, as a result, should have published at least one investigative story meeting all professional standards. One sample of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.

Submission modalities
Candidates have to be recommended by trustworthy individuals, journalism and media organisations, media companies, civil society organisations, journalism schools or universities, trade unions or other social organisations from the target countries. The nominator should write a recommendation letter and make it available to the nominee/candidate.
The nominees/candidates have to go through an online application procedure and provide all necessary documents for the application in digital form (see details below).

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates shall fill in an Online Application Form available here: www.cei.int/CEI-SEEMO-award-2016.

The following documents in PDF format shall be uploaded:
1. Curriculum Vitae (personal and professional data sheet according to Europass format or similar);
2. A recommendation letter;
3. Up to three samples of journalistic work in a single PDF document (minimum two samples in Category 1, one sample in Category 2). For online work samples, insert hyperlinks in a PDF document, or print out online articles in a PDF file. Hyperlinks need to be accessible at least until 30 June 2016. In case of audio/video material, please upload the files making use of file-sharing services (e.g. WeTransfer or Dropbox) including a script or scenario.
Material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a short summary in English.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The jury will take into account the relevance of the matters covered by the reports, which should have a focus on the target countries, as well as the quality of reporting in terms of documentation, data, writing and production. The personal risks taken while performing the duties as well as the impact on society of the messages conveyed will also be evaluated.

CLOSING DATE
Applications shall be submitted by Tuesday, 31 May 2016 (23.59 CEST).

For further information: press@cei.int

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
2015: Aleksandra Bogdani (Albania) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Nadia Burdey (Ukraine) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” - Special mention to Mirko Boskovic, Vlado Otasevic and Ana Komatina (Montenegro) 2014: Brankica Stanković (Serbia) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Sadeta Fišić, Jovana Kljajić and Maida Salkanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” – Special mention to Anna Babinets (Ukraine) 2013: Mahir Šahinović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Rosen Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) - Special mention to Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) 2012: Matej Surc and Blaz Zgaga (Slovenia) - Special investigative diploma to Telnis Skuqi (Albania) and special mention to CIN Sarajevo 2011: Włodzmierz Kalicki (Poland) - Special investigative journalism diploma to Artan Hoxha (Albania), Dijana Subotički (Serbia) and to Matej Surcand Blaz Zgaga (Slovenia) 2010: Adrian Mogoş (Romania) - Special mention to Iryna Khalip (Belarus) and Lydia Pavlova (Bulgaria) 2009: Besar Likmeta (Albania) - Special mention to Esad Hecimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Stefan Candea (Romania) 2008: Drago Hedl (Croatia)

ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS

Central European Initiative (CEI) - www.cei.int
The CEI is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations, as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 18 Member States: 10 EU members (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland,Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the Observer Status in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) - www.seemo.org
The SEEMO is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies and news media in South East and Central Europe. With its committees, the SEEMO aims to create a bridge between international media activities and the media developments in the region. One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East and Central Europe. Over 60 percent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results. The SEEMO works in cooperation with the International Academy - International Media Center (IA-IMC) and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO).

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) - www.kas.de/medien-europa/en/
With 80 offices and projects in more than 100 countries worldwide, the KAS contributes to promoting democracy, the rule of law and social market economy. An essential part of this work is the promotion of free and independent media and the support of professional and ethical media coverage. The Media Program South East Europe, established in 2007, is part of the global media programme of the KAS. It concentrates its efforts in this field in three main directions – education and trainings for journalists, who recognise their social, political, informational and watch-dog role; media policy and media ethics for an independent and multifaceted media landscape; and a professional and valueoriented political communication serving for a better understanding between citizens, politicians and civil society

CEI - SEEMO Award 2015

Albanian and Ukrainian reporters win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

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The CEI and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have announced the winners of the “CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism” 2015: Aleksandra Bogdani in the section “Professional Journalists” and Nadia Burdey in the section “Young Professional Journalists”.

Aleksandra Bogdani, an investigative journalist and editor at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Albania, has been awarded for her overall professional achievements as an intrepid reporter covering complex stories of human trafficking, organised crime and child abuse, corruption and national security. With more than a decade of experience working as a reporter, editor and deputy editor in chief in different media outlets in Albania, including the dailies Mapo, Shekulli and Top News TV, Bogdani has particularly impressed the jury by the courage shown as a woman producing an in-depth series of six investigations on the network of recruiters who send hundreds of Albanian muslims off to fight in the Syrian civil war as jihadists for the Islam State of Iraq and Levant, ISIS and the al-Nusra front.

Nadia Burdey from Ukraine has been awarded as a promising young journalist who follows high professional standards in a difficult environment in which these standards are not widespread. Working in ZIK TV’s weekly investigative program “Our money” that focuses on corruption in state procurement and power abuse, Burdey reported on conflicts of interest between business and politics, which remain an important topic in Ukraine. In particular, her recent investigation about the illegally acquired and undeclared property of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine resulted with the resignation of the official.

Bogdani and Burdey will officially receive their awards offered by the CEI (4,000 EUR and 1,000 EUR respectively) on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) to be held in Bucharest, Romania on 5-6 November 2015.

A Special Mention has been assigned to the Montenegrin reporters Mirko Boskovic (RTCG) as well as to Vlado Otasevic and Ana Komatina (CIJ Montenegro) for contributing to the advancement of investigative journalism in their country. In particular, Mirko Boskovic launched the investigative show “Mechanism” on RTCG in March 2015, marking a historical breakthrough for Montenegro’s public broadcaster as a first noticeable criticism of official policy. Vladimir Otasevic and Ana Komatina jointly published a number of relevant investigations as members of the newly formed Center for Investigative Journalism Montenegro (CIJ Montenegro), including the exposing of the secret dual citizenship agreement between Montenegro and Macedonia.

25 nominations, covering eight countries, have been submitted this year, confirming the region-wide impact and relevance of the Award.

The independent international jury, who decided by majority voting, included: Besar Likmeta (Albania), editor for Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN); Saša Leković (Croatia), investigative journalist, trainer and media advisor in SEE countries, president of Investigative Journalism Center, president of Croatian Journalists’ Association; Luka Zanoni (Italy), editor-in-chief, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso;Marina Constantinoiu (Romania), journalist/editor-in-chief, mariustuca.ro; Istvan Deak, Deputy SEEMO Romania; Paweł Pieniążek (Poland), journalist/reporter specialising in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, contributing to Dziennik Opinii, New Eastern Europe, Polish Radio.

The overall Award coordination was managed by Barbara Fabro (CEI), Oliver Vujovic (SEEMO) and Christian Spahr (KAS Media Program South East Europe).

CONTACTS:

- Central European Initiative (CEI): e-mail: press@cei.int, web: www.cei.int
- South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO): e-mail: basis@seemo.org, web: www.seemo.org
- KAS Media Program South East Europe: e-mail: media.europe@kas.de, web: www.kas.de/medien-europa/en

For more information on the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF): info@seemo.org

Follow us on Twitter: @SEEMF_MEDIA; @seemofreemedia; @KASmediaSEE; @CEI_Secretariat #SEEMF2015

CEI - SEEMO Award 2014

SEEMO-CEI Investigative Journalism Award

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1 October 2014. - Serbian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian Reporters Win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. Special mention to Ukranian reporter.
- Brankica Stanković (TV B92) awarded in the section “Professional Journalists”
- Sadeta Fišić, Jovana Kljajić and Maida Salkanović (CIN Sarajevo) awarded in the section “Young Professional Journalists”
- Special mention to Ukrainian reporter Anna Babinets

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the German political foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), have announced the winners of the “CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism” 2014: Brankica Stanković in the section “Professional Journalists”, Sadeta Fišić, Jovana Kljajić and Maida Salkanović in the section “Young Professional Journalists”.

Brankica Stanković has been awarded for her professional achievements and major commitment to investigative reporting undertaken with great efforts and under very difficult personal conditions. Born in 1975 in Belgrade, Serbia, Stanković is a journalist of TV B92 and editor of the programme Insajder broadcasted since 2004. She has investigated and produced many stories tackling issues related to the recent socio-economic and political developments in Serbia, disclosing crime, corruption, and links between mafia, politics and business. After receiving numerous death threats, since December 2009 she has been under police protection. In spite of these circumstances, Stanković has continued her engagement in investigative reporting, pursuing the truth about power and corruption in Serbia. In 2013, TV B92 published Stanković's autobiography entitled "Insajder, moja priča" ("Insajder: My Story"), which shows her accurate professional approach to investigative reporting. Currently, Stanković is also involved in training and education activities, where she shares her knowledge and personal experience.

Sadeta Fišić, Jovana Kljajić and Maida Salkanović from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, have been awarded for their joint efforts in investigative reporting, which resulted in the story “A Dear Cost of Having a Roof over your Head”. The three young reporters dealt with a sensitive and problematic subject – the mistreatment of children in foster families – with courage, accuracy as well as great investigation and research efforts. The publication of the story caused a reaction in the public and the reporters received some threats. Nevertheless, they decided to continue their investigation and are currently working on a follow-up. Sadeta Fišić was born in 1988 in Konjic, Jovana Kljajić in 1991 in Mrkonjić Grad and Maida Salkanović in 1991 in Tuzla.

Stanković and the team of CIN journalists will officially receive their awards offered by the CEI (4,000 EUR and 1,000 EUR respectively) on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) to be held in Skopje on 16-17 October 2014, under the title “Media in South East Europe: not enough or too much information?”.

A Special Mention has been assigned to the Ukrainian reporter Anna Babinets, coordinator and journalist of the Agency of investigative journalism Slidstvo.Info producing investigations on corruption in Ukraine. In particular, Babinets was out on the front line as a reporter for Hromadske.TV when the EuroMaidan protests in Kiev began. Her work was remarkable for the courage she showed during some of the most violent protests.

38 nominations, covering 14 countries, have been submitted this year. This confirms the relevance and impact of this award regionwide.

The applications were examined by the three organising institutions, with overall coordination by Oliver Vujovic (SEEMO), Barbara Fabro (CEI) and Christian Spahr (KAS Media Program South East Europe) and the expert advice from the jury members and investigative reporters Besar Likmeta (Albania), Saša Leković (Croatia) and Adrian Mogos (Romania).

CONTACT

Central European Initiative (CEI) E-Mail:press@cei.int , Web: www.cei.int

KAS Media Program South East Europe E-Mail: media.europe@kas.de , Web: www.kas.de/medien-europa

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) E-Mail: basis@seemo.org , Web: www.seemo.org

For information on the SEEMF please contact info@seemo.org and follow us via Twitter: @seemf - @seemofreemedia - @CEI_Secretariat

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CEI - SEEMO Award 2013

From this edition, the Award has been split into two categories: Professional journalists and Young professional journalists

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Mahir Šahinović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN) and at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), has been awarded for his commitment in investigative journalism undertaken with great efforts in terms of investigation and research of sources. He has worked in different countries and various languages, often under difficult conditions. One of the recent and remarkable works he has carried out is linked to an international stock exchange scam. Šahinović managed to find out that the two Bosnian and Serbian owners of a Switzerland-based company had set up a network of illegal call centres that traded in shares on the German stock exchange. He carried out a thorough investigative research consulting many documents, and managed to identify and interview some of the victims of this fraud. Many newspapers and TV stations in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the Balkan countries picked up his story.
Young professional journalist category

Rosen Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) is a journalist at the Bulgarian National Television. Recently, he has conducted successful investigations and undercover reportings that have had a major impact on Bulgarian society. His work has provoked public debates and political reactions on the importance of democratic values and civil society rights. Tsvetkov is the author of various investigative documentaries about sensitive topics such as illegal vote buying, missing people, children trafficking and youth violence.

Special mention:

Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) - to acknowledge the role and importance of this newly established centre promoting investigative reporting carried out by Italian journalists mostly cooperating with world-wide investigative networks.

CEI - SEEMO Award 2012

Slovenian Journalists Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga Win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2012

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Special Investigative Journalism Diploma to Telnis Skuqi from Albania and Special Mention to CIN Sarajevo

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are pleased to announce the winners of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2012, Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga from Slovenia.

The Jury unanimously decided to hand the Award to Šurc and Zgagafor theirremarkable investigative work on arms dealingin Slovenia and in other countries of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which resulted in the trilogy “In the Name of the State”. Their investigation was undertaken with great effort in terms of research and documentation as well as cooperation with investigative journalists from the region, which added value to the whole story. The fact that the authors received death threats after publishing the books and had to work under difficult conditions should be also highlighted. The choice of Šurc and Zgaga as winners of this year’s award is in line with the main criteria of selection – the quality of reporting; the impact on society of the messages conveyed; and the personal risks taken while performing one’s duty.

Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga will receive the Award of 5,000 EUR, offered by the CEI, on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum, to be held in Budva, Montenegro, on 22-23 October 2012.

The Jury also decided to assign a Special Investigative Diploma to the Albanian journalist Telnis Skuqi, a correspondent for Albania’s Telegraphic News Agency (ATA) in the town of Gjirokastra, as recognition for work on investigative stories at a local level. A Special Mention was given to CIN Sarajevo for their remarkable contribution to investigative journalism in the region.

The Jury, which examined 22 nominations from 10 CEI countries, was composed of Andrzej Godlewski, Deputy Director of TVP1 (Poland), Drago Hedl, Editor of the Daily Jutarnji List (Croatia), Sasa Leković, freelance journalist and investigative reporting trainer (Croatia/Serbia), Besar Likmeta, Editor of the BIRN-Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (Albania), Mitja Mersol, founder of the International Media Centre (Slovenia-Austria); Adrian Mogos, Head of the Investigative Department of the Daily Jurnalul National (Romania).

The overall organisation of the Award was managed by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, and Barbara Fabro, CEI Senior Executive Officer.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2012

BACKGROUND

The Central European Initiative (CEI) was founded in 1989 as the first forum promoting regional cooperation among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Oriented towards policy dialogue, the CEI also focuses on economic growth and human development. Special attention is paid to capacity building, experience sharing and know-how transfer in order to achieve cohesion in areas of mutual interest and assist its non-EU Member States in consolidating their economic and social development in view of further EU integration. The CEI core mission is: regional cooperation for European integration, while acting as a bridge between macroregions. Cooperation in the field of media stands among CEI priorities. Initiatives are promoted to encourage experience sharing and awareness raising with the aim to endorse media pluralism, transparency and independence. www.ceinet.org

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies and new media in South, East and Central Europe. With its committees, SEEMO aims to create a bridge between international media activities and the media developments in the region. One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South, East and Central Europe. Over 60 per cent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results in the past. www.seemo.org

The fruitful cooperation between the CEI and SEEMO has led to the creation of the Award for Outstanding Merits in Journalism which, since its first edition in 2008, was meant to honour journalists who highly contribute to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

The Award is open to nationals of all 18 CEI Member States - Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine - who have acquired in the last three years special merits in investigative journalism and who are still active in journalism. All media are accepted: print, broadcast, news agency or Internet.
The competing journalists should be nominated by individuals/organisations/media companies. Self-nominations are not allowed.

AWARD

The winning candidate will receive a cash prize of 5.000 EUR, offered by the CEI Secretariat, which will be officially presented on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), to be held in Montenegro (Budva/Becici) on 15-16 October 2012.

COMPOSITION OF THE JURY

The International Jury is made up of distinguished journalists and media experts coming from the CEI region. Amb. Gerhard Pfanzelter, CEI Secretary General, Mr. Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, and Ms. Barbara Fabro, CEI Senior Executive Officer, will act as advisers.

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

Applications should include the following documentation: 1. Filled in Application Form (here) 2. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate 3. Summary of the presentations of the candidate’s merits; details of the media which published / broadcasted the reports 4. Relevant supporting material about the candidate, such as TV reports on DVD, audio reports on CD, copies of articles in print media. The material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a brief English translation. Please note that supporting material cannot be returned, therefore you are kindly invited to send copies of the original materials. Only applications including the above-mentioned documentation will be taken into account.

CLOSING DATE

Applications should be submitted by regular mail or e-mail within 30 June 2012 to: Ms. Barbara Fabro CEI Senior Executive Officer Via Genova, 9 - 34121 Trieste, Italy Tel. +39 040 77 86 777/725 - Fax +39 040 36 06 40 fabro@cei-es.org

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