Investigated dubious death sentences in the U.S. together with his students and succeeded in securing several appeals.
Investigated dubious death sentences in the U.S. together with his students and succeeded in securing several appeals.
Reported on the war in the Balkans as a Spiegel magazine editor for many years, gaining particular renown for her „War Diary“.
Initiated the Leipzig-based fundraiser Kosovo Relief in 1999 and personally took part in the relief-aid transports.
is a German journalist, film director and author. He studied law, English and sports science at the Humboldt University in Berlin until 2003, and then sports journalism at the German Sport University in Cologne. Since 2005, he has mainly worked for WDR broadcasting as a freelance journalist, especially for the television program WDR Sport inside and Sportschau (ARD). He has been involved in betting manipulation in sports since 2007, and in 2011, he was awarded the "CNN Journalist of the Year" for the report “Goal, Victory, Fraud - Betting manipulations in sports". In 2013, he published his non-fiction book "Bought Football - Manipulated Games and Cheated Fans". With "Dirty Games" Benjamin Best presented a documentary film for cinema on human rights violations in the context of major sporting events, in particular the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and 2022 in Qatar. "Dirty Games" was awarded "Best Director" and "Best Foreign Film" at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and the "Silver World Medal" of the New York Festival 2016.
Best continues to concern himself with the problematic working and living situation of migrant workers at the construction sites of the World Cup stadiums in Qatar: in 2019, he published his new documentary "Trapped in Qatar". For the end of 2020, Best has already announced another report on the topic. For "Trapped in Qatar", Benjamin Best was awarded the "Georg von Holtzbrinck Award for Business Journalism" and was appointed the "Sports Journalist of the Year" by German Medium Magazin in 2019: Bests contribution was "without a doubt the best research in sports in 2019".
studied philology and initially worked for a number of local and foreign media in Azerbaijan. Until 2017, she worked as a radio presenter for the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe (RFE), which office in Baku was closed in 2015. Since 2017, she is a regional editor of the journalists’ network Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. For more than a decade, Ismayilova has been working primarily on the corruption and nepotism of the Aliyev clan ruling in Azerbaijan, such as the ownership of the minor daughter of the airline Azerbaijan Airlines. At least since 2012, the regime has tried different methods to silence Ismayilova: new laws, dirty campaigns, arrests, and court cases. In 2014, the head of the Presidential Administration cited Ismayilova as "the best example of journalists working against the government". In September 2015, Ismayilova was finally sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for "tax evasion and abuse of power". After international criticism, she was released in 2016 and her sentence changed to probation in three and a half years. Ismayilova continues to be harassed: an exit ban was imposed on her in 2017, which is still valid. This prevented, among other things, the acceptance of the "Right Livelihood Award" (Alternative Nobel Prize), which she received in 2017.
Together with other foreign journalists, Ismayilova lodged a complaint with the German Federal Constitutional Court against the practice of telecommunications intelligence abroad by the Federal Intelligence Service. On 19 May 2020, the court ruled that the statutory regulation on "strategic surveillance" of telecommunications and, in addition, the disclosure of information obtained to domestic and foreign services does not comply with the German Basic Law and must be revised.
has been the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the news channel of Austrian television channel ORF since 2010 and the presenter of the ORF news programme "Zeit im bild" (ZIB2) since 2002.
Armin Wolf was born in 1966 in Innsbruck, Austria. He started his career with ORF as a school leaver, working freelance for the regional studio in the Tirol. Since then he has worked as Political Editor in radio and TV, USA correspondent (1991-92), Editorial Director and presenter. Wolf regularly gives lectures and has published several books - the latest in 2013. It's titled "Why do we still need journalists?" In 2019, Wolf began to be talked about all over Europe following his TV interview with Harald Vilimsky, General Secretary of the right-wing FPÖ party. Vilimsky countered Wolf's critical questions about a poster displayed by the Styrian youth wing of the FPÖ that this "would have consequences" for the presenter. Even before that, Wolf had several times been a target for the FPÖ. Amongst other things he was accused of insubordination in his questioning and spreading "lies". In 2018 he did a highly respected interview in Moscow with Vladimir Putin. Wolf has been awarded many prizes for his work, amongst others as "Austrian journalist of the year 2004, 2018). In Germany he has received a special award of the Hanns Joachim Friedrich Prize (2016) and the Netzwerk Recherche Lighthouse Prize (2017) and a "Special Honour" Award of the Grimme Prize (2018).
is a German investigative journalist who studied at the University of Leipzig and today works regularly for German TV magazine shows, including ZDF's "Zoom", "The Story in the East" (ARD), "Exact" and "Fact" on MDR/ARD or ZDF's "Frontal21". He receives the Prize together with his colleague Gerald Gerber.
Ginzel became well known for his research into the so-called "Saxon Swamp" corruption scandal, which he reported in Spiegel and Zeit Online. He was taken to court for this case with a complaint of defamation and slander. He lost the case in the original court but at the second instance he was cleared. In 2015 he was imprisoned by pro-Russian rebels whilst researching in East Ukraine. He won the Bavarian TV Prize for the reportage "Shadow play - Putin's undeclared war against the West", which he made together with Markus Weller and he won a nomination for Best Documentary at the German TV Awards 2017 for his reportage "Putin's secret network - how Russia is splitting the West".
Arndt Ginzel and Gerald Gerber were subjected to lengthy police checks during the course of a Pegida demonstration in Dresden. It was provoked by a demonstrator who apparently did not want his face to be photographed and it hampered their reporting work for some considerable time. This led to wide-ranging discussions about press freedom and the role of the police in that conflicted zone that lies between security measures, protecting the freedom of assembly for demonstrators and making sure that journalists can do their jobs unhindered.
has been working in film and TV production in Dresden and Leipzig since 1997 and works as a freelance camera operator, mainly for German TV productions and programmes such as "Tagesschau" (ARD), "Frontal21" (ZDF), "Galileo" (Pro7) and "MDR um 2" (MDR). He receives the Prize together with his colleague Arndt Ginzel.
Gerber was a founder member of Meissen TV in 1996 and a member of its Executive Board until 2002. Gerber worked as a camera operator on many foreign assignments for ARD and ZDF in the East Ukraine conflict. In November 2016 he was arrested by Syrian security forces whilst filming on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Polish journalist, writer and linguist, who researched the close links of the Polish Minister of Defence to Putin, Russian intelligence service and criminal groups in Russia.
Tomasz Piątek was born in 1974 in Poland and studied linguistics in Milan. Between 1995 and 2013 he worked as a journalist for the Polish news magazine Polityka, the Italian daily La Stampa and as an expert in psycholinguistics. Since 2013 Piątek is the columnist of the second largest Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
Beside his journalistic work, he is also known as an author of several novels, thrillers and fantasy books. With his nonfiction book Macierewicz i jego tajemnice (Macierewicz and his secrets) published in 2017, he got targeted by state organs in Poland: as in twelve columns published in the Gazeta Wyborcza, Piątek describes the connections of Antoni Macierewicz, Polish Minister of Defence, to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian intelligence service and criminal groups in Russia. On the one hand, these connections are piquant, since Macierewicz always appears as a determined opponent of Putin in the Polish public. On the other hand, Piątek accuses the minister of being involved in illegal arms and money transactions. Instead of filing a complaint against the journalist or initiating civil-law investigations, the minister intervened with the public prosecutor's office, which assigned the case to its military division. Piątek was accused of "insulting an official during his service and in connection with his work", threatened with a sentence of up to three years of imprisonment. After months of investigation, the public prosecutor's office has now closed the case.
Piątek himself assumes that he is monitored by Polish government at the latest since the publication of his book. For the organization "Reporters Without Borders" Piątek was the "Journalist of the Year 2017".
The Turkish journalist and author reported on conditions in Turkish prisons, on force used against women and on state repression against the Kurds.
Worked since 2015 as a correspondent for the German media in Turkey. Because he reported on corruption and on the conflict with the Kurds, he was arrested on several occasions by the Turkish authorities.
“Cumhuriyet” and has been subjected for years now to working restrictions and to legal persecution.
Last head of the office in the capital city and parliamentary correspondent of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, has been subjected to increased legal persecution.
With his films, Iranian filmmaker and director Jafar Panahi criticises society as well as the political system of his home country.
Turkish journalist and author born in Germany, was accused of “supporting a terroristic group” and imprisoned for one year due to his research, among others, on the murder of Hrant Dink.
Aram Radomski, Siegbert Schefke,Roland Jahn and Christoph Wonneberger are essential actors of the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989 in former East Germany as well as of the oppositional movement in advance of the events. Christoph Wonneberger, who has been a protestant pastor in Dresden (1977 to 1984) and Leipzig (since 1985), coordinated the Monday’s peace prayers in Leipzig’s St. Nicholas Church since 1986 and participated in the work of oppositional movements from within the church. In 1989, he maintained a “Demo-Telefon” (“protest phone”), where western journalist could inform themselves about the events in Leipzig. On the evening of 9 October 1989, Wonneberger gave an interview to ARD “tagesthemen” (West German news broadcast) and reported about the peaceful demonstration in Leipzig with 70.000 protestors.
The afghan journalist fights for a pluralistic society and is a committed documentarian of Women’s issues and women’s rights in her home country.
Roland Jahn was expelled from the university because of his criticism of the expatriation of the famous East German songwriter Wolf Biermann in 1977. He was a co-founder of the “Friedenskreis Jena” (“peace circle Jena”) and was politically persecuted because of his commitment for freedom of expression. In 1982, he was remanded in custody, sentenced and prematurely released because of protests in West Germany. In June 1983, he was then thrown out of East Germany against his own will. Based from West Berlin, he supported the East German opposition financially and logistically e.g. by procuring printing machines or video cameras. As a journalist, he produced numerous contributions for ARD broadcasting (First German Television) about the East German opposition, violation of human rights and environmental pollution and thus essentially contributed to the formation of an opposing public. Since March 2011, Roland Jahn is Bundesbeauftragter of the Stasi-Unterlagen-Behörde (Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records).
Brigitte Alfter and Ides Debruyne are the initiators of the “Journalismfund.eu”. Founded in 2008, this organization promotes European collaborative research and data journalism.
Brigitte Alfter (Denmark) and Ides Debruyne (Belgium) are the initiators of “journalismfund.eu”. The organization, founded in 2008, promotes European, collaborative investigative journalism through scholarships and the European Data Harvest Conference for data and investigative journalism. Alfter and Debruyne saw the need for thorough research on European issues and wanted to liberate journalists from national borders impeding their work. The scholarships granted by the organization allow journalists to cooperate in multinational research teams. Typical examples of transnational issues are human trafficking, abuse of EU funding or illegal arms trade. Brigitte Alfter worked as Brussels correspondent for the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information and is a founding member of the Danish “Scoop” project for the promotion of investigative journalism, especially in Eastern Europe. Ides Debruyne is the Managing Director of “journalismfund.eu” and teaches journalism at the University of Ghent.
The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald informed the international public about the dimension of global surveillance of digital communication networks.
Jörg Armbruster and Martin Durm risked their lives by reporting authentically for the First German Television (ARD) from Syria, torn by civil war.
Jörg Armbruster, ARD correspondent, and Martin Durm, radio reporter for SWR radio, assumed the risk to report independently and authentically on the suffering of the people in the civil war-torn country of Syria, which is supposed to be one of the most dangerous countries for journalists at the time. The value of their work cannot be overestimated because most images from Syria come from dubious second hand sources and might always be manipulated. In March 2013, during a joint research trip for a documentary, they ran into an ambush in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Armbruster was seriously injured. Armbruster and Durm risked their lives for independent reporting and receive the prize as a team for their reporting from Syria.
Was gunned down after reporting on corruption, questionable construction projects, environmental scandals and the oppression of women in her home country of India.
One of the most renowned investigative reporters in Mexico. Her work is accompanied by persecution, arrest warrants and even death threats.
Balázs Nagy Navarro and Aranka Szávuly were under constant attack by state-controlled media after protesting news manipulation on public television in Hungary.
The two Hungarian journalists Balázs Nagy Navarro and Aranka Szávuly are vice-presidents of the Independent Trade Union of television and film makers in Hungary and, until recently, were editors at public Hungarian television “MTV”. On 10 December 2011, after a scandalous blurring out of Zoltan Lomnici, the former head of the Hungarian Supreme Court, in public television news, Nagy Navarro and Szávuly initiated a three-week hunger strike protesting against news manipulation by pro-government responsibles of the channel. On the 17th day of the hunger strike, Nagy Navarro and Szávuly were dismissed illegally. After their dismissal they were not allowed to enter the public media buildings despite their rights as trade union leaders. Half a year later, Nagy Navarro was allowed by court order to pick up his personal belongings from the building. With the entry into force of the internationally controversial Hungarian media law in January 2011, the leading positions of public broadcasting have been filled with cadres close to the ruling party FIDESZ. These people abuse their powerful positions to manipulate news information almost daily, say numerous employees of the stations. In order to protest against these practices, Nagy Navarro and Szávuly started a hunger strike on 10 December 2011, which continued until 31 December. Shortly before, both editors were dismissed, although they enjoy protection from dismissal as trade unionists. Since their public protest, Nagy Navarro and Szávuly are often defamed or criticized by FIDESZ-controlled media outlets. When asked about his commitment, Nagy Navarro said: “I must always remember, that elsewhere people are risking their lives for civil rights. I am only risking my job.”
Has been working as an Africa correspondent since 1988 and has often been exposed to great dangers during her work. While investigating, she often needs bodyguards to protect her.
Is considered a symbol of the Jasmine Revolution that unfolded in Tunisia in spring 2011. For many years he has been devoted to the cause of freedom of speech and the press in his home country.
Is one of Russia’s best-known investigative journalists. He not only tackles democracy deficits, but also deals with social and environmental issues.
For German public broadcaster ARD, Stefan Buchen reports without cliché and with utmost journalistic attention from the troubled regions of the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Reports on corruption and organized crime in his home country of Bulgaria and has been threatened and physically attacked for doing so.
Published a controversial Muhammad cartoon in 2005, insisting on his right to free speech despite two attempts on his life.
Denounces the abuse of power by members of the elite and warlords in his home country of Afghanistan.
Was editor in chief of Taraf (viewpoint), a Turkish investigative and liberal daily. Now, he is once again working as a successful author.
Defied assault and physical violence for many years and continued reporting on the dirty tactics of Balkan mafias and their political entanglements.
Became world-famous with his book Gomorrha about organized crime in Italy. His life has been in danger ever since.
Was kidnapped and held hostage for 114 days by the radical Palestinian Army of Islam while working as a BBC correspondent in 2007.
Was engaged in the training of journalists on behalf of the British Institute for War and Peace Reporting in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Lebanon.
Burmese journalist and politician, stood up for freedom of speech and spent 19 years in prison for „subversion“ and „anti-government propaganda“.
One of the best-known Iranian political dissidents. He spent six years in prison in Tehran, was brutally tortured and went on a hunger strike in protest.
One of the few investigative journalists in Bulgaria. In 2007, a bomb destroyed his apartment in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Filed a lawsuit at the Federal Constitutional Court as editor in chief of the magazine Cicero in order to obtain a ruling against the weakening of the freedom of the press.
Had to suffer physical violence as a consequence of her relentless quest to reveal corruption and mismanagement by members of the Moldovan elite.
Is an undercover journalist who is known throughout Europe, and who revealed disastrous humanitarian conditions in the asylum camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2005.
Revealed surreptitious advertising in the public TV station ARD in intensive investigations over years and against fierce judicial resistance.
Reported on the Chechen conflict for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, despite great resistance and the mortal danger it exposed her to.
Supported the training of journalists in Afghanistan as chairwoman of the organization Initiative for a Free Press that she herself founded.
Was the Brussels correspondent for the magazine STERN and revealed several corruption scandals and democratic deficits within institutions of the European Union.
Has been one of the most renowned U.S. investigators ever since he revealed the massacre of My Lay during the Vietnam War in 1969.
Provides assistance to colleagues who have experienced difficulties, have been obstructed in their work or even abused.
Has been travelling to crisis zones throughout the world for many years and is arguably one of the most famous war photographers of our age.
Largest newspaper in Galicia, provided outstanding reporting on the Prestige oil tanker accident and the following oil spill in November of 2002.
Netzwerk Recherche association is committed to improving research methods in Germany and supports high quality investigative journalism.
Gideon Levy and Daoud Kuttab reported from the occupied areas of Palestine, focusing their critical view on “their own people”.
Supported the development of politically independent journalism in his country as editor in chief of the Ukrainian daily Zerkalo Nedeli.
Reported on the Russian navy’s ocean disposal of chemical waste in the Sea of Japan and was convicted of high treason and espionage.
Was the face and voice of an editors’ strike at Czech public TV against the attempts of politicians to massively curb independent reporting.
Revealed corruption scandals in municipal real estate companies in Cottbus and brought them to the public’s attention.