The ultimate competitors for the eighth International Shining Mild Award (“Shedding Light”) went to 12 investigative projects telling about eleven nations of the world. This award is awarded for investigative journalism in creating nations or nations in transition, throughout which the journalist was disadvantaged, subjected to strain or worked with danger to life or liberty.
The worldwide panel of judges had a troublesome activity: that they had to choose the greatest of 291 tales. All of them have been revealed in 2017 or 2018.
The judges noted: “The star projects presented at the Shedding Light Award show that investigative journalism continues to flourish even in the most adverse conditions. Despite the ever-growing threats to their security and prosecution, investigative journalists all over the world find the strength to keep power under control through bold and scrupulous reporting. ”
“These investigations were carried out in harsh conditions and in the most unfavorable places for journalism – Azerbaijan, Egypt, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, South Sudan, and Venezuela,” added David Kaplan, GIJN Government Director. “It's superb what these journalists achieved“.
The winners shall be announced at the International Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg on September 28, 2019 and awarded with a memorable prize and a prize of $ 2,000.
The award was established and funded by the International Network of Investigative Journalists, bringing together 182 organizations in 77 nations which might be working to strengthen investigative journalism round the world.
Given the many numerous purposes, for the first time GIJN divided candidates for awards into classes: representatives of giant media (with 10 or more staff) and small media (with less than 10 staff). Listed here are our 12 finalists:
Finalists: Small Media
“Car wash“(” Lava Jato “) and”White-collar”(“ Lava Juez ”), IDL-Reporteros (Peru +).
Group: For the Automotive Wash collection: Gustavo Gorriti, Romina Mella, Hernán P. Floríndez, Rosa Laura, Margot Desautez. For the White Collars collection: Gustavo Gorriti, Romina Mella, Hernán P. Floríndez, Rosa Laura, Margot Desautez, Patricia Mayorga, Cruz Silva, Luis Miguel Purizaga.
IDL-Reporteros in Peru was one of the first media to report bribes to the Brazilian development firm Odebrecht and its complicated corruption community, which prosecutors referred to as Operation Lava Jato (“carwash” in Portuguese). This corrupt money laundering scheme has unfold to many nations in Latin America and has involved presidents and different senior authorities officers and politicians. Whereas persevering with to dig up the case, IDL-Reporteros journalists discovered one other necessary story: corruption at the highest degree of the Peruvian judicial system. Their “White Collars” collection prompted the state to carry out structural reforms in the justice system.
“OLP: The Official Terror Masks in Venezuela“, Runrun.es and Connectas.org (Venezuela).
Staff: Ronna Risquez, Lorena Melendez, Lisseth Boon, Carmen Riera, Juan Carlos Hernández, Abrahan Moncada, Daniela Aguilar.
This joint investigation revealed how Venezuelan security forces involved in the so-called Operation to Liberate the Individuals (OLP) dedicated extrajudicial killings of individuals in poor areas for 2 years. Faced with a scarcity of official info, journalists created their very own database of 560 victims.
“The Country of Two Thousand Graves”, the collective “A donde van los desaparecidos” and Quinto Elemento Lab (Mexico).
Staff: Alejandra Guillén, Marcela Turati, Mago Torres, David Eads and others.
This one-and-a-half yr investigation by a workforce of unbiased Mexican journalists exhibits how the policy of the ten-year warfare on medicine led to the disappearance of tens of hundreds of individuals and the emergence of many secret burials throughout the nation. They discovered that between 2006 and 2016, virtually 2,000 underground graves have been found – or one grave each two days.
“Speculators“, Africa Uncensored (South Sudan).
Workforce: John-Allan Namu, Elijah Kanyi, Samuel Munia.
This three-part documentary sheds mild on how some members of the South Sudan elite benefited from the civil struggle and robbed their compatriots, while investing in Kenya and other East African nations. The investigation exhibits how these individuals transferred funds and acquired weapons with the help of authorities and army officers, businessmen and monetary institutions of neighboring nations.
Finalists: Massive Media
“Instigators of war, ”ARIJ and Deutsche Welle (Egypt).
Staff: Saada Abd Elkader, Aseell Sarih, Sameh Ellaboody.
This documentary tells how traffickers in Egypt exploit weak Yemeni and Syrian refugees and persuade them to promote their kidneys. By presenting interviews with key figures at every stage of the investigation, journalists show how a network of organ traffickers makes use of pretend paperwork to bypass Egyptian regulation.
“Azerbaijani landromat, ”Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Challenge (OCCRP) in collaboration with different international media (Azerbaijan).
Group: Ilgar Agha, Roman Anin, Anna Babinec, Sophie Balay, Attila Biro, Jan Bratanic, Anuška Delić, Ricardo Ginés, Pavla Holcová, Khadija Ismayilova, Elena Loginova, Miranda Patrucić, Madina Mammadova, Paul Radu, Atanasashow, Miramadova Patnaci, Paul Radu, Atanasasacho, Miranda Patrucić Carole Kerbage, Dragana Peco, Nadia Shiyyab, Friedrich Lindenberg, Amy Guy, Lion Summerbell, Ilya Lozovsky, Jody McPhillips, Paul Radu, Drew Sullivan, Birgit Brauer, Lejla Čamdžić, Roxana Jipa, Ana Poenariu, undisclosedi, Čamdžić, Roxana Jipa, Ana Poenariu;
This joint cross-border investigation showed how the ruling elites in Azerbaijan have been earning money via a posh money-laundering operation and fraud. Bank stories revealed that in two years, about 2.9 billion dollars handed by means of the pretend corporations registered in the UK in two years.
“Kremlin chef toys, ”Fontanka.ru and “Novaya Gazeta” (Russia).
Journalist: Denis Korotkov.
Denis Korotkov carried out an entire collection of investigations about the actions of the Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigogine, who is usually referred to as “Putin’s chef,” and who runs the infamous Petersburg “trolls factory” and different pro-Kremlin media campaigns. Korotkov informed how dozens of mercenaries have been killed preventing for the “PMCs of Wagner” – a personal army unit funded by Prigozhin that they have been accused of preventing in the pursuits of the Russian authorities in Syria, in the east of Ukraine and in other nations.
“Murder in manila, ”Rappler (Philippines).
Staff: Patricia Evangelista, Carlo Gabuco, Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong, Chay Hofileña.
This collection of investigations tells of the so-called warfare on medicine, declared by President Rodrigo Duterte, which has claimed the lives of tens of hundreds of individuals throughout his presidency since 2016. The six-month investigation of “Rappler” supplies convincing evidence that the police are giving out extrajudicial killings “to outsourcing” – offers them to the gang of “warriors”.
“Brotherhood of killers and police“, “New Newspaper” and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Venture (OCCRP) (Russia).
Journalist: Roman Anin.
This two-year investigation revealed that the legal gang headed by Aslan Gagiyev, who known as “Russia's No. 1 killer”, was related to high-ranking authorities officers – and that some members of the gang have been cops.
“#GuptaLeaks, ” Every day Maverick (Scorpio investigative unit), amaBhungane Middle for Investigative Journalism, Information24, OpenUp, and Finance Uncovered (South Africa).
Workforce: Adi Eyal, Adriaan Basson, Angelique Serrao, Antoinette Muller, Branislav “Branko” Brkic, Craig McKune, Lester Freamon (pseudonym), Lionel Faull, Marianne Thamm, Micah Reddy, Pauli van Wyk, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, Rebecca Micah Reddy, Pauli van Wyk, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, Rebecca Micah Reddy, Pauli van Wyk, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, Rebecca Micah Reddy Richard Poplak, Sally Evans, Stefaans Brümmer, Stephen “Sam” Sole, Susan Comrie, Tabelo Timse.
This joint investigation is predicated on a big knowledge leak from the business empire of the Gupta family – an enormous quantity of emails from three brothers who moved to South Africa from India in the 1990s. A collection of investigations confirmed how the Gupta family nearly captured the complete South African state, pulling public money into the accounts of their corporations. This was made attainable by the proximity of the household to former President Jacob Zuma, who resigned shortly after the leaks have been revealed.
“Operation 136, “Cobrapost (India).
Journalist: Pushp Sharma.
On this investigation, the journalist Pushp Sharma, working undercover, met with representatives of influential Indian media and provided them money for publishing hostile nationalist content material — a deal that many agreed to, based on the data of their conversations.
“Random victims, ”Publica (Brazil).
Group: Natalia Viana, Noah Friedman-Rudovsky.
This collection of investigations shed light on the deaths of civilians in the use of the Brazilian military to struggle crime in the nation's cities, and showed how troublesome it is for the households of the victims to realize justice.