2023 #NataliPrize winners
“A kind of institutionalised pillage nourishes the real estate assets of the Chavista state security forces, in particular the Military Counterintelligence, which has taken possession of properties generally located in housing estates in the east of the Venezuelan capital. In some of these ‘safe houses’, dedicated to the kidnapping, extortion and torture of political opponents, the secret services torment their victims, hostages or missing persons, while they are not under the control of the judicial circuits. This is the first instalment in a series that x-rays these places and the horror that inhabits them.”
“Designed to support sustainable development projects, green finance is not always as benign as its protagonists would have us believe. A certified “green” project may have helped destroy rainforest, thus deceiving its eco-conscious investors. In a detailed investigation, Voxeurop lifts the veil on a vast greenwashing operation carried out in Indonesia by Michelin, the world’s biggest tyre manufacturer.”
Best Emerging Journalist Prize
“The Russian military achieved notoriety for murders and rapes in Bucha, Kyiv region. But they behaved no better near Chernihiv. The Chernihiv region of Ukraine was attacked by the Russian troops on the first day of the war. Fighting for Chernihiv lasted more than a month, and the Russian soldiers’ route to the capital passed through small settlements. IStories spoke with the residents of villages in the Chernihiv region. They witnessed the killing of civilians, survived torture in a basement, and lost their homes.”
- Important Stories
Lorenzo Natali Prize 2023 - 31st edition
For more than 30 years the Lorenzo Natali Prize has celebrated excellence in journalism. Established in 1992, it highlights stories about issues that matter in our world, such as the human impact of inequality, poverty and climate change, the importance of education and the value of human rights in our societies.
Syed Nazakat, India, is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and CEO of , a tech and digital media company he founded to promote open data and democratization of information at scale. Nazakat has reported from over 30 countries and worked in senior positions at different media organizations. His work has earned him global recognition and awards. He has spearheaded one of the world’s biggest fact-checking, data journalism and media literacy training networks which has resulted in the launch of many fact-checking initiatives, in multiple languages, and has benefited hundreds of institutions and organizations across India.
Frederik is a book author and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermaier he founded the Munich-based investigative newsroom paper trail media. In Germany, paper trail media is exclusively partnering with the magazine Der Spiegel and the public broadcaster ZDF. In Austria, paper trail media collaborates with Der Standard. Obermaier is one of the two reporters first contacted by the anonymous source of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that prompted a global investigation involving hundreds of journalists. He also co-initiated the Paradise Papers-revelations and the Suisse Secrets-investigations.
Naglaa is a Professor at the Jordan Media Institute, professor of Media and Journalism Studies, British University in Egypt (BUE), Consultant for Thomson Reuters Foundation, she was previously London editor at BBC World Service, Cairo Bureau Chief and Middle East Special Projects Editor at BBC World Service. She has worked as a journalist in Paris and has a PhD in media studies from the Sorbonne.
She started by sharing stories at the microphones of local radio stations, before giving voice to people through news magazine features. In 2016, she was part of the jury for the Gabriel García Márquez Prize, the most prestigious Ibero-American Journalism award. She is one of the invited authors of the book “Tudo Por Uma Boa História” (Everything For a Good Story), which reveals the behind-the-scenes of Journalism. She is also a member of the Media and Journalism Literacy Association (ALPMJ) in Portugal. As an award-winning Journalist, she has received more than a dozen distinctions. Her coverage of the pandemic was awarded six prizes. She is particularly interested in covering stories that shed light on the disregard for Human Rights.
Katia is part of the leadership of the Abraji Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo, she is a journalist graduated from the State University of Ponta Grossa. She worked as a reporter at Gazeta do Povo and since 2013 she has been a professor of Journalism at Positivo University. With the Secret Diaries series, along with three colleagues, she won the Esso Grand Prize, the Tim Lopes Investigative Journalism/Embratel Prize, the Ipys Investigative Reporting Prize in Latin America, and the Global Shining Light Award. With expertise in covering the environment and Judiciary, she won the SOS Mata Atlântica Prize and the Association of Magistrates of Brazil Prize.
for reporting published by a media outlet based in one of the European Union’s partner countries.
for reporting published by a media outlet based in the European Union.
Best Emerging Journalist Prize
open to journalists under 30 for reporting published by a media outlet based in the European Union or in one of its partner countries.
Check the list of the eligible coutries.
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Who was Lorenzo Natali?
Lorenzo Natali was a Commissioner for Development and a staunch defender of freedom of expression, democracy, human rights and development. He served three terms as one of Italy’s European Commissioners.
Natali played an important role in the EU accession process of Greece, Spain and Portugal. He also helped enact key measures to combat pollution and improve living conditions across Europe. In his final four-year term as Commissioner, from 1985 until 1989, he was handed responsibility for cooperation and development policy in the Commission under President Jacques Delors. It was in this capacity that he set up a broad network of relations with the governments and leaders of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
The Prize is open to journalists in the following three categories:
- International Prize: for reporting published by a media outlet based in one of the European Union’s partner countries.
- Europe Prize: for reporting published by a media outlet based in the European Union.
- Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 for reporting published by a media based in the European Union or in one of its partner countries.
Yes, journalists can submit one entry in one category only.
The deadline to submit an entry for the Prize is April 28, 2023, at 23:59 CET.
The entry of maximum 2,300 words can be an extract from a longer article. Candidates must submit both the extract and a link to the full article. The evaluation will be based on the extract.
The entry of maximum 30 minutes can be an extract from a longer item. Candidates must provide the extract as well as a link to the full item. The evaluation will be based on the extract.
Yes, entries can be submitted in English, Spanish, German, French or Portuguese. If the entry is not in one of those languages, it is mandatory to submit a translation in one of those languages along with the link to the original reporting. Only this translation will be evaluated.
No, entries must have been published or broadcast between March 10, 2022, and March 9, 2023, to be eligible for the Prize.
Yes, entries that have been co-authored are eligible for the Prize, if all co-authors be within the same category and meet the eligibility criteria.
Yes, a confirmation email will be sent to the journalist after applying.
Any article submitted must be freely available online. If the media outlet has a paywall, the submitted article must be outside the paywall.
Being publicly accessible is a requirement of the prize. If an online item entered for the prize is behind a paywall, the paywall has to be removed for the article to be eligible. Items that have only appeared in print, can be submitted in PDF format via a generally accessible link, for example, uploaded to a service like Dropbox or Google Drive, with the permission of the publisher.