Moldavian and Ukrainian journalists win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2017


The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have announced the winners of the “CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2017”:

Victor Mosneag in the section “Professional Journalists” and Yevheniia Motorevska in the section “Young Professional Journalists”.

Victor Mosneag, an investigative reporter at weekly newspaper Ziarul de Garda in Moldova, has been awarded for his excellent work on reporting corruption, transparency and rule of law issues in Moldova. In his nine years of experience as an investigative reporter, Mosneag has been covering many cases about corrupt highest officials with a big impact on Moldavian society. His series of articles outline corruption in the justice sector showing the incomes and the assets of judges and the huge differences between legal salaries and the de facto properties. After Victor’s publications, the Government has started many investigations against corrupt judges.

Yevheniia Motorevska, a young journalist from the weekly investigative TV programme “Slidstvo.Info” in Ukraine, has been awarded for her successful work in discovering crimes and corruption in the Public Sector and law enforcement system. Ukrainian officials have opened several criminal cases based on information which Yevheniia published in her stories. In one of her investigations, she discovered the process of drugs trafficking in Ukrainian prisons presenting many details and proof about how the system worked and about the officials involved.

Victor Mosneag and Yevheniia Motorevska will officially receive the awards offered by the CEI (4,000 EUR and 1,000 EUR respectively) on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 27-28 November 2017.

A Special Mention has been assigned to Marina Constantinoiu, editor-in-chief of miscareaderezistenta.ro website in Bucharest, Romania. She is a well-known journalist with an extensive experience in implementing huge investigative and research projects. Over the last two years, she has published more than 50 articles based on archives of security services. Constantinoiu and her team have got access to the archives of the ex-communist Secret Services of Romania and East Germany, Securitate and Stasi, and discovered exclusive documents proving killings at the Romanian borders, with victims not only among Romanians, but also foreign citizens, especially Germans from the former GDR.

22 nominations, covering 10 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: Lindita Çela (Albania), journalist at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN); Alina Radu (Moldova), director at Ziarul de Garda daily; Anna Babinets (Ukraine), editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP); Matteo Finco, (Italy), freelance journalist, Ossigeno per l’Informazione; Saša Leković (Croatia), president of Investigative Journalism Center, president of Croatian Journalists’ Association. The overall Award coordination was managed by Barbara Fabro (CEI) and Oliver Vujovic (SEEMO).

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Victor Mosneag

Victor Mosneag

Yevheniia Motorevska

Yevheniia Motorevska

Marina Constantinoiu

Marina Constantinoiu

Presentation of the CEI SEEMO Award for Investigative Journalism 2017 in Sofia
Presentation of the CEI SEEMO Award for Investigative Journalism 2017 in Sofia

Presentation of the CEI SEEMO Award for Investigative Journalism 2017 in Sofia


CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism


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:


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.


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).

Candidates shall fill in an Online Application Form available here.

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.


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.

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

For further information: press@cei.int


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)


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.

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