The Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism honours journalists who greatly contribute to investigative reporting, despite the difficult conditions under which they operate.

The 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 opened the Call for Applications for the 2014 edition of the Award. It includes two sections – “Professional Journalists” (4.000 EUR) and “Young Journalists” up to 30 years of age (1.000 EUR). Candidates from Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine are welcome to apply.

Candidates are to be nominated by deserved individuals, journalism and media organisations, media companies, civil society organisations, journalism schools or universities, trade unions or other social organisations from the target countries.

An international jury made up of journalists and media experts will examine the applications, taking into account the relevance of the matters covered by the reports, which should focus on the target countries, as well as on 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 will also be evaluated.

The Award will officially be granted during the South East Europe Media Forum in October 2014.
In the previous editions, the Award was bestowed upon Drago Hedl from Croatia (2008), Besar Likmeta from Albania (2009), Adrian Mogoş from Romania (2010), Włodzmierz Kalicki from Poland (2011), Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga from Slovenia (2012), Mahir Šahinović from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rosen Tsvetkov from Bulgaria (2013).

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2014

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