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EJC Announces Third Annual GIPA-Friedman Prize in Georgia

16 June 2014 | PROJECT NEWS

 

Nino Zuriashvili of Studio Monitor was awarded the third annual EJC sponsored GIPA-Friedman prize for her hard-hitting three-part TV documentary series “Imereti Rich and Poor” which documents the economic, social and environmental problems of the silicomanganese industry in Georgia at a ceremony in Tbilisi 5 June, 2014.

Special awards for innovation in investigative journalism were given to Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project journalists Lasha Kveseladze (for data) and Nino Bakradze ( for multi-media presentation).

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Josh Friedman awarded the prizes at the roundtable event at the Frontline Club along with Netherlands Ambassador Hans Horbach and EJC Country Manager Josh LaPorte.

Over 30 submissions were received by the prize jury which examined the stories for investigative professionalism, research, innovation, societal impact and ethics. Past winners have included Nana Biganishvili (2012) and Nana Naskidashvili (2013).

EJC and local project partner, the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, established the GIPA-Friedman prize in 2012 to honor excellence in investigative journalism in Georgia. It is part of EJC’s five year commitment in Georgia as a member of the Press Freedom 2.0 consortium which includes other Dutch-based civil society organisations Free Press Unlimited and Mensen met een Missie and funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nino Zuriashvili of Studio Monitor receives the third annual GIPA-Friedman Prize from the awards namesake, Pulitzer prize winning journalism Josh Friedman
Nino Zuriashvili of Studio Monitor receives the third annual GIPA-Friedman Prize from the awards namesake, Pulitzer prize winning journalism Josh Friedman

Lasha Kveseladze of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project received a special innovation award through his utilization of data.
Lasha Kveseladze of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project received a special innovation award through his utilization of data.
Netherlands Ambassador Hans Horbach presents the special innovation award for multi-media presentation to Nino Bakradze of newscafe.ge
Netherlands Ambassador Hans Horbach presents the special innovation award for multi-media presentation to Nino Bakradze of newscafe.ge


The prize ceremony was preceded by a roundtable discussion on press freedom in Georgia led by Josh Friedman and Ambassador Hans Horbach
The prize ceremony was preceded by a roundtable discussion on press freedom in Georgia led by Josh Friedman and Ambassador Hans Horbach


Nino Zuriashvili of Studio Monitor’s winning production “Imereti Rich and Poor” aired in Georgia on Maestro TV.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw3FwdMAdDA (English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6ZXuuHkLwk (English subtitles)
https://www.youtube./watch?v=MjOMJ8rzOKk (English subtitles)

Project:
Georgia: Finances and Transparency - New Approaches for Georgian Journalism
Addressing a Georgian-specific problem, namely the absence of investigative coverage of economic corruption issues, the project's objective is to promote excellence in journalism by instituting a competition on the national level. Our work in Georgia also involves journalistic capacity building through training, developed in cooperation with local institutions and international organisations.