GIJN presents ‘Global Shining Light Award’ to recognize Courageous Investigative Journalists and their Work

Deadline: 19 May 2019

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

On behalf of the global investigative journalism community, GIJN is pleased to recognize and celebrate these courageous investigative journalists and their work.

Each year dozens of journalists and media workers are killed – and hundreds more are attacked, imprisoned or threatened – just for doing their job. Many of these violations of free expression occur in developing or emerging countries, and quite often during military conflicts. There are a number of international awards recognizing such attacks on freedom of expression.

But there is another clear trend that emerges in analyses of global attacks on reporters and the media. More and more journalists are being killed, and media outlets attacked, because they are carrying out important efforts in investigative journalism – exposing uncomfortable truths, shining light on systematic corruption, and providing accountability in societies yearning for democracy and development. There are more journalists killed each year covering corruption and politics as are killed covering wars, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Award Categories

This year, there will be two award categories:

  • Small & Medium Outlets (organizations with staff of 10 or less, including freelancers); and
  • Large Outlets (organizations with more than 10 staff).

Prize Information

  • Top winners will receive an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world.

Eligibility Criteria

The journalist, journalism team, or media outlet provided independent, investigative reporting, which:

  • Originated in and affected a developing or emerging country;
  • Was broadcast or published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018;
  • Was of an investigative nature;
  • Uncovered an issue, wrong-doing, or system of corruption which gravely affected the common good;
  • And did so in the face of arrest, imprisonment, violence against them and their families, or threats and intimidation.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For further information, please visit https://gijn.org/awards/

Source: Funds for NGOs

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