Çiğdem Toker

In 1986, Çiğdem Toker started working for the culture section of Anka Ajansı in Ankara. Having successfully passed the entrance exam, she later worked as film dubbing expert at TRT TV. She then began to write for the newpaper Günaydın and the journal Nokta. When she passed the entrance exam of Anadolu Ajansı in 1988, she worked as a correspondent for the States Security Court and the Supreme Court for two years. From 1990 to 1993, she wrote for the weekly journal Ekonomik Panorama specialized in economy. 

Totally 15 years (between 1993 and 2008) she worked as economic correspondent for the newspaper Hürriyet in Ankara, with a focus on topics like privatization, energy politics and public procurement. Here, she wrote about the parliament’s yearly budget, fiscal legislation and new laws developed by the Planning and Budget Commission, for instance during the crisis in 2001. She also analysed the results of international meetings in which Turkey participated.

In 2009, she became the first chief of Ankara Bureau of the newly founded newspaper Habertürk in Ankara. Shortly after that, she started writing for the newspaper Akşam of which she was also chief of Ankara Bureau until 2013. She decided to quit when the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) took control over the newspaper.

Since 2013 she has been writing as a columnist for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet.

Çiğdem Toker was selected for the 2015 European Press Prize shortlist with ‘The Mystery of the Secret Funds—and—Who are you Fooling?

Paul Radu

Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and a co-founder of RISE Project a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania . He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and the 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Paul Radu was selected for the 2014 European Press Prize shortlist with ‘A Murderer’s Trail’ and won the 2015 Special Award with ‘The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project’