On Mondial Press Freedom Day, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel awarded the “grand prix” of the 2006 Natali Prize competition to the journalist LEU Siew Ying, for her article “From Village Protest to National Flashpoint”.
LEU Siew Ying was chosen by an independent jury from among 15 nominees.
The journalists Tanya FARBER (South Africa), Mauri KONIG (Brazil), Michael TIERNEY (United Kingdom) and Talal EL-ATRACHE (Lebanon) also received first prizes in their respective regions.
This year, the prize attracted a record interest, with 1529 nominees from 165 countries. The 15 prize winners were selected by an independent jury drawn from representatives of organisations such as Reporters sans Frontières, Amnesty International and major newspapers and press agencies.
The jury was chaired by the CNN “Inside Africa” anchor, Ms Femi OKE.