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Winners of EJC-sponsored Georgian investigative Journalism Prize Announced

17 June 2015 | PROJECT NEWS

 

The winners of the fourth annual Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)-Josh Friedman Excellence in Investigative Journalism Prize were announced at a ceremony in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on 9 June 2015. The two top awards went to Nino Zuriashvili of Studio Monitor for her investigation into tuberculosis patients declared terminally ill in Georgia that went on to be cured in France, and Nato Gogelia of multi-media outlet Guria News, for a series focused on misuse of public funds in school reparations, the impact of which has led to government investigations. ​

A special Public Service Award was awarded to Nino Zautashvili, host of the Public Broadcasting programme “Realuri Sivrtse” for her in-depth coverage of the Georgian government’s decision to allow excavation at the Sakdrisi gold mine in a region that archaeologists claim is historically protected.

Other submissions that received recognition included investigations into corruption inside the Georgian postal service and ISIS connections in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. (A full list of winners with links to stories is provided below). Over 75 submissions were examined by the jury and judged for their investigative professionalism, research, innovation, societal impact and ethics.

Hosted by GIPA Programme Director Tiko Tsomaia at the Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel, the event featured speeches by the prize’s namesake, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Committee to Protect Journalists Board member Josh Friedman, along with GIPA Rector Maka Ioseliani, Dean Nino Ivanishvili, data journalism advisor Peter Verweij of D-3 Media Netherlands and EJC Country Manager Josh LaPorte.

Following the award ceremony ‘Homicide Watch-Georgia’ was launched, a project to inform the Georgian public about homicide, and specifically femicide, in the country by enabling journalists to report on crime trends utilising data journalism tools and resources. The project is a collaboration of the GIPA School of Journalism, JumpStart Georgia Data Visualization Project, and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) established the GIPA-Friedman prize in 2012 to recognise excellence in investigative journalism in Georgia as well as build local capacity for innovative approaches to reporting. It is part of EJC’s five-year commitment in Georgia as a member of the Press Freedom 2.0 consortium, which includes the Dutch-based civil society organisations Free Press Unlimited and Mensen met een Missie, and is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Pulitzer Prize winning Josh Friedman with winners of the 2015 GIPA-Friedman Prize for Excellence in Journalism
Pulitzer Prize winning Josh Friedman with winners of the 2015 GIPA-Friedman Prize for Excellence in Journalism
Nino Zautashvili of Public Broadcasting programme ‘Realuri Sivrtse’ was presented with the Public Service Award
Nino Zautashvili of Public Broadcasting programme ‘Realuri Sivrtse’ was presented with the Public Service Award
Programme Director and Associate Professor Tiko Tsomaia hosted the event and launched GIPA's Homicide Watch-Georgia project
Programme Director and Associate Professor Tiko Tsomaia hosted the event and launched GIPA’s Homicide Watch-Georgia project
Josh Friedman highlighted Georgia as a beacon of good journalism in a region full of challenges to press freedom.
Josh Friedman highlighted Georgia as a beacon of good journalism in a region full of challenges to press freedom.
Peter Verweij discussed the importance of open data resources in accountability journalism.
Peter Verweij discussed the importance of open data resources in accountability journalism.
GIPA Dean Nino Ivanishvili opened the 4th Annual GIPA-Josh Friedman Prize Ceremony
GIPA Dean Nino Ivanishvili opened the 4th Annual GIPA-Josh Friedman Prize Ceremony


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.