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Award 2018

Hard to save someone when life is flooding the landing and dripping from 5th floor to the 4th

— by Paweł Kapusta, published by Magazyn Wirtualnej Polski, Poland

A reportage on the outrageous reality for paramedics working in Poland. While paramedics work overtime for meagre wages, they find themselves in traumatic situations, witnessing devastating human suffering. But they cannot count on psychological help - or even a higher salary than a manager at McDonalds.

“Oh Lord, I hope that you can forgive me. I want a new life” – The Murder of Nercy

— by Ida Nyegård Espersen, published by Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

Ida Nyegård Espersen writes about modern-day Philippines. One of the stories is about the 16-year- old Nercy Galicio, who wrote in her diary for the last time on April 16th, 2017. Two days later she was found, killed with three bullets. She is not an exception, more than 7,600 people have been killed since the president declared war on narcotic drugs. Espersen provides us with an insight into a country that violates its own population in the name of a democratic elected president.

500 years later the Habibs are looking for a house in Portugal

— by Catarina Gomes, published by Público, Portugal

Catarina Gomes describes the journey of several Turkish Sephardic Jews trying to find a safe haven in Portugal. In an act of historical reparation, a law was approved to grant Portuguese citizenship to those with jewish heritage just 500 years after their expulsion. It appears that Jewish Turks are the most prevalent group applying.

Story without an ending

— by Cathrin Kahlweit, published by Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

In both the UK and Germany a taboo exists: do not mention race and ethnicity of victims and gangs. Cathrin Kahlweit describes this taboo by finding new perspectives on the ongoing Rotherham abuse-scandal. It seeks to answer how a society can stay tolerant and open - and not silencing those who say that we should stop being politically correct in the light of severe misconduct, based on tradition and religion.

The Demons of Lake Chad

— by Xavier Aldekoa, published by Revista Gatopardo, Spain

In 2016-2017, Xavier Aldekoa travelled to Chad, Niger and Nigeria to cover the consequences of the Boko Haram presence in the region. Boko Haram has changed the lives of the people living in the Lake Chad region, bringing hunger, pain, fear and deadly hatred. A unique coverage portraying the views of kidnapped girls, fishermen, militants, refugees, soldiers, humanitarians, vigilantes, and many more.

The Great British Brexit Robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

— by Carole Cadwalladr, published by The Observer, United Kingdom

An in-depth report on Cambridge Analytica - Carole Cadwalladr discovered that it was owned by hedge-fund billionaire, Robert Mercer. He was both Trump's biggest donor and undertook work for the Leave campaign in Britain's referendum.

The human captor

— by Michael Obert, published by Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Germany

Michael Oberts' reportage starts with the barrel of a machine gun, which fires shots at the boat where Obert and photographer Moises Saman are located. They report on a young warlord named Al Bija, who describes himself as rescuer of refugees and reliable partner of the EU in the quest of stopping African refugees from crossing the Mediterranean. This reportage describes the dubious partners the EU is working with in their quest of keeping refugees out of Europe.

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Bureau Local

— by Megan Lucero, Maeve McClenaghan, Gareth Davies, Charles Boutaud, Kirsty Styles, published by www.thebureauinvestigates.com, United Kingdom

Local journalists are crucial in holding power to account. This is the idea behind Bureau Local, a new collaborative journalism project of more than 450 journalists and volunteers who work together to tell vitally important public interest stories at a local level. They tackled some of the most important and underreported issues of 2017 including the use of political darks ads, new election voters, cuts to domestic violence refuge funding, immigration officers incorrectly targeting British citizens and wide-scale farming pollution.

Damned Hoax

— by Clara Jiménez Cruz, Julio Montes Moreno, David Fernández, Nacho Calle, Antonio Maestre, Mario Vera, Carlos Hernández-Echevarría and Javier Calvo, published by maldita.es, Spain

This project aims to make the debunking of fake news go as viral as fake news itself. Damned Hoax, Maldito Bulo, has built a community of users and they debunk fake news through their growing social media channels. Their revelations were picked up by Spanish and international media.

Jailed For A Like

— by Natalia Antelava, Katerina Ponomareva, Alexandra Filippova, Sofiya Voznaya, Uch A and Katerina Patin, published by Coda Story, Georgia

The Jailed for a Like series tells the stories of ordinary Russians who have been prosecuted and even imprisoned for their posts and shares on social media. As the Kremlin retains a firm grip on the traditional media in Russia, these arrests have been widely considered as an attempt to stifle free speech online.

Enslaved Land

— by Raúl Sánchez González, Juan Luis Sánchez, Esther Alonso, José Luis Sanz, Belén Picazo, Ximena Villagrán, Iván M. García, Laura Olías, Nelsón Rauda, Gabriel Labrador, Víctor Peña, Daniel Valencia, María Isabel Magaña, Alex Cedric Coulibaly, Alejandro Navarro, David Conde, David Ruiz, Ángel Pérez and Arnau Sans, published by eldiario.es - Spain, El Faro - El Salvador, La Sexta - Spain, Plaza Pública - Guatemala, Cíper - Chile,

Enslaved Land is a one-year data driven and cross-border investigation. The project uncovered the hidden abuses behind five different crops consumed widely in Europe -palm oil, sugar, coffee, cocoa, and banana- in four countries: Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras and Ivory Coast.

Finding Bana; Proving the Existence of a 7-Year-Old Girl in Eastern Aleppo

— by Nicholas Waters and Timmi Allen, published by Bellingcat, United Kingdom

Waters and Allen investigate the Twitter account @AlabedBana, allegedly the twitter account of a 7-year-old girl in besieged East Aleppo. The account generated a huge amount of traction. Was it genuine? Could it be true? The Syrian Government and its supporters refused to believe Bana existed, lumped her in with 'terrorists' and eventually bombed her home. Waters and Allen prove the contrary, the person the Syrian government was trying to kill, was in fact a young girl.

The Smuggling Game

— by Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi, published by The Thomson Reuters Foundation News, United Kingdom

Millions of people fleeing conflict and poverty put their futures and life savings in the hands of people smugglers. These smugglers play with their lives in dangerous cat-and-mouse chases with border authorities, known as 'the game'. The Smuggling Game revealed the mechanics of the perilous journey undertaken by those on the quest for a safe life and those who profit from it.

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Behind the Walls of Silence

— by Till Krause and Hannes Grassegger, published by Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Germany

Who deletes hate comments, violence and fake news on Facebook? For the first time, employees of a team responsible for deleting this kind of posts are speaking to the press about their hard work. Till Krause and Hannes Grassegger offer us an insight into a horrible job and the top secret deleting-rules of Facebook.

Satan’s hand: Russian meddling behind Budapest’s metro chaos

— by Szabolcs Panyi, published by VSquare.org and Index.hu, Hungary

Szabolcs Panyi investigates the Russian influence on the refurbishment of Budapest's old Soviet metro cars. Russia linked actors hijacked the procurement, which costed €200 million. They did so to favour Metrowagonmash, a Russian engineering company with ties to the country's military and security services. This left Budapest with low-quality metro cars that keep breaking down, causing trouble for both the city and its mayor.

Legend of Judge Arthur

— by Natalie Sedletska and Oleksandr Chornovalov, published by UA:First and radiosvoboda.org, Ukraine

An investigation on judge Artur Yemelianov, deputy head of the High Economic Court of Ukraine, by Natalie Sedletska and Oleksandr Chornovalov shows how an alleged divorce turns into a corruption scandal.

Monsanto Papers

— by Stephane Foucart and Stephane Horel, published by Le Monde, France

The Monsanto papers consist of a dozen investigative articles exploring the many strategies used by Monsanto to interfere with science, influence the regulatory process and orchestrate PR campaigns to defend their products. Journalists of Le Monde uncover how Monsanto actively tried to undermine the credibility of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, because the company wants to keep using glyphosate in their products.

Sex abuse scandal in French Catholic Church

— by Mathieu Martiniere, Daphné Gastaldi and Mathieu Périsse, published by Mediapart, France

The French Catholic Church protected priests and others under its authority who were accused of sexual assault crimes, and pedophile crimes in particular. This investigation shows how 27 bishops, six of whom are still holding office, were directly involved in protecting suspected priests. It is the first time journalists publish such figures concerning sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church.

The Malta Files

— by Craig Shaw, Zeynep Şentek (Initiators, TheBlackSea.eu), Rafael Buschmann (Initiator, Der Spiegel), published by EIC. Network,

The Malta Files revealed how the Mediterranean state works as a pirate base for tax avoidance inside the EU, helping wealthy foreign businessmen and Europe's biggest companies, gambling firms, politicians and even mafia figures, hide assets, evade taxes and operate without scrutiny. In total, Malta Files produced nearly a hundred stories, and brought together 13 media and 49 journalists in 16 countries and 12 languages.

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Should media report differently in the wake of attacks? Think about it and join the discussion!

— by David Van Reybrouck, published by De Correspondent, Netherlands

David Van Reybrouck writes that terror attacks aim to sow fear and chaos. Media attention plays a crucial role in this. Drawing parallels with reporting on suicide, for which most Western media have set up strict guidelines, David Van Reybrouck asked himself and the public what guidelines for reporting on terror attacks would look like. What can media do to inform the public, without giving attackers the attention and outrage they seek?

We, terror-helpers

— by Bastian Berbner, published by DIE ZEIT, Germany

Bastian Berbner argues that journalists give terrorists exactly what they want: attention. Those who don’t know about an attack cannot be terrorized. Comparing it with suicide coverage, he claims that by covering terrorist attacks extensively, journalists not only ensure that terrorists succeed with the respective attack; they also create new terrorism.

The third shooting of the boy Petar from Konjic

— by Dragan Bursac, published by Al Jazeera Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dragan Bursac writes about the brutal faith of Petar, a seven-year-old Serb boy who's family gets killed during the early weeks of the Bosnian war. When he reports the crime, the police kills the boy. December 5th, 2017, the people responsible were finally arrested. The subject of Bosnian war crimes against Serbs is rarely aired in the Bosnian media, making this piece an important exception.

Attention! These images no longer have an emotional impact on you: the victim is stupid, hypocritical, vicious and slutty

— by Ruxandra Burcescu, published by Republica.ro, Romania

Ruxandra Burcescu writes about victim-blaming being deeply embalmed in the Romanian society. This article focuses on both present cases of victim-blaming as well as historical ones, trying to find an explanation of why Romanian people are so keen on not showing any empathy towards the victim.

Everyday sexism, sexual harassment and the need for a new feminism

— by Maria Louka, published by Insidestory.gr and Vimagazino, Greece

Maria Louka writes on gender inequality and the culture of sexism. She pleads for a 'new feminism', a feminism manifesting itself in the mass movements of women worldwide. A feminism which is as necessary as it is hopeful, because it carries a vision of a democratic reconstruction of our societies. A feminism which can challenge patriarchy and oppression.

Six articles about Brexit

— by John Harris, published by The Guardian, United Kingdom

John Harris moves well beyond standard political commentary and emphasizes the serial complexities and nuances tied up in Brexit. With these articles, he gives a sense that 2017 is one of the most complicated, strange moments in modern UK history. All of these pieces were among the most-read articles on the online The Guardian.