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Yee-Chong Lee was awarded the Lorenzo Natali Grand Prize in 2009 for his TV report: “Sichuan Earthquake – One year on”, broadcast on Now TV in China. The deadly quake in Sichuan on 12 May 2008 claimed as many as 50 000 lives, and he spent one month there covering the disaster for the news channel. The relatives of victims claimed the huge death toll was caused by the poor condition of buildings and structures. Yee-Chong Lee and his camera crew headed back to the epicentre to investigate and although the Chinese government denied it, the victims’ relatives did their best to make themselves heard.
Sichuan Earthquake – One year on
“The Battle for Souls” is an inside story of how many of the more than 100 000 albinos in Tanzania live in fear of being killed for their body parts, which are believed by some to have mystical and healing powers. While the world was struggling to tame the impact of the global economic crisis, Tanzania was the scene of some of the most atrocious crimes. Local traders planned and executed the killings of albinos to get a hold of their organs in order to boost business. Richard Mgamba, who is based in Dar es Salaam, began his journalism career in 1998, covering stories about Tanzania’s mining, fishing and cotton sectors, as well as arms smuggling in the Great Lakes region. In 2007 he became chief editor of The Citizen and The Sunday Citizen, the most widely-read English-language newspaper in his country.
The Battle for Souls
The Guardian On Sunday
Anas Aremeyaw ANAS is a 30-year old undercover human rights investigative reporter at the New Crusading Guide. He has worked for over 10 years as a journalist.
Undercover Inside the Chinese Sex Mafia
The New Crusading Guide
This investigative story brought to light human rights abuse perpetrated by the Chinese sex mafia across West Africa. During six months of undercover workinside a Chinese sex mafia cercle, posing and working as a bar tender, Anas Aremeyaw did an exposé on the dubious activities. Under the pretext of securing them jobs as opera singers in Africa, thes traffickers lured young Chinese girls out of their home country.
Moussa ZONGO has been a reporter for L’Evènement since 2006 after having studied Journalism at the University of Ouagadougou. In 2007, he was a communication officer for the NGO Plan for 6 months before returning to writing.
Orpaillage - Du pain souterrain au prix de la témérité
More than 20 people have been killed in several collapses of gold wells in the North of Burkina Faso since the beginning of 2009. According to the Ministry of Mines, more than 200,000 diggers are working in precarious conditions on the 142 gold mining sites in the country. The worker is paid only if he discovers gold. The operators impose their prices on miners who are forced by security agents to sell gold on the spot. Authorities said they became aware of the problem and promised a revision.
Xiao-Mi Tan & Chi-yuk Choi won first prize in their category for their article “Deadly Harvest”, a rare and informative investigative report about China’s “black corpses” market during the burial ban, which forced people to take their dead relatives to the crematorium. Many people were so set against the law that they paid for other bodies to substitute those of their loved ones. This resulted in the killing of more than 400 villagers, whose bodies were sold and sent to the crematorium, so that people could bury their relatives in secret following the ritual they preferred. The report sparked a crackdown by authorities on such “corpse markets”, and led to the rescue of people who had been abducted. Xiao-Mi is a reporter based in China writing breaking news and feature stories. Chi-yuk has been a reporter covering news in China with four different Hong Kong-based newspapers since September 1996.
South China Morning Post
Massoud ANSARI is a political correspondent with for the Herald, one of Pakistan’s leading newsmagazines. He also writes for The Sunday Telegraph of Briton. Since 1990, he has been reporting widely across Pakistan and Afghanistan covering stories about politics, political crimes, the rise of religious fundamentalism, environment or poppy cultivation, ethnic and sectarian violence or human rights.
The Ticking Bomb
"The Ticking Bomb" is about the assault on the education of the girls in the area. This is the first in-depth and detailed story written on the subject after the militants started destroying these schools in tribal areas in the North West Frontier Province.
Mui-Yoon CHIN has been a journalist for nine years with The Star, the most widely read English national newspaper in Malaysia. She currently works as a feature reporter focusing on social issues and current affairs.
Living with Bombs
The Vietnam War ended 33 years ago but neighbouring Laos continues to suffer its consequences. Innocent Laotians are denied their rights to safety, shelter and development because their land contains millions of live bombs or unexploded ordnance (UXO). This article examines the plight of a people whose future is unjustly denied because of a war they were never involved in.
Lucy Adams reported on the plight of women suffering epidemic levels of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, long before other British news organisations. She traveled to South Kivu in early August 2008, where security was extremely unstable. Local bureaucracy, the lack of infrastructure and corruption created numerous hurdles. The women’s bravery in speaking out so openly in a country where they are ostracised for being victims, was incredible. The article and an accompanying report by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) have been used to pressure the UK government to provide greater support to the victims and to pressure the Congolese government into taking action.
Raped by Seven Soldiers
The Herald Magazine
Katherine BUTLER has been Foreign Editor of The Independent since 2007. As well as having responsibility for organising the international news coverage of the daily newspaper, she has reported from places as diverse as South Africa, Sierra Leone, Iran and Sudan. She previously worked as a lead writer and commissioning editor on the paper’s Comment pages. Before moving to the newspaper’s headquarters in London, she worked as Europe correspondent based in Brussels covering the European Union.
Millions of Iranian women took part in or cheered the 1979 revolution that ousted the dictatorship of the Western-backed Shah. But the Islamic regime that took its place repaid them by reducing them legally to second class citizens and denying them some basic human rights. In February 2009, on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Katherine Butler became one of the few Western journalists given permission to visit to Iran. She found a post-revolutionary generation of women slowly pushing back the boundaries, taking on the mullahs and patriarchs in every day life.
Janar FILIPPOV has covered court and police topics for eight years in the biggest weekly magazine in Estonia.
Daddy raped me. Simply raped. Almost everyday
A tiny county in Estonia, Vorumaa, with only 40 000 inhabitants, hides a scary secret. In six months, six cases of child rape took place. And these were not "ordinary" rapes. These crimes were committed by fathers against their own children. In the situation where such a horrible crime is committed in a tiny community, the prosecutors face difficult choices In most of the cases, the rapist is the only working person in the family and jailing him means that the economic situation of the family becomes extremely difficult.
The newspaper article by João Antônio Barros and Thiado Prado is part of a series focused on the growing number of paramilitary groups that multiplied in Brazil in 2008. The series focused on how these groups work and who their members are. It also showed how some police officers threaten and impose their own laws with guns and terror on nearly two million people in Rio de Janeiro. Thiago has worked as a reporter with O Dia since June 2007. João Antônio has worked for O Dia for 18 years, focusing on human rights’ violations by the police, and corruption issues.
Dossiê Milicia / The Militia File
Dora Luz ROMERO MEJÍA is a young journalist with four years of experience. She began her career in the newspaper La Prensa, one of the two national newspapers in Nicaragua. Then she started working with Magazine, a biweekly magazine of La Prensa.
Amores que matan
Magazine - La Prensa
He sprayed tear gas in Luz Marina’s eyes. The other cut off Susana’s hands. Brenda was killed. So far, twelve women have been murdered by their partners. This report tells the “love stories” of three women who ended up being stories of crime and violence. Their murderers are not insane, nor maniacal psychopaths. They are spouses, boyfriends or lovers who are destroying the lives of these women.
María Alejandra TORRES REYES started journalism in 2003 at 20 years old. She started as a political writer and news anchor for Radio City. Since 2007, she has been working in the Sunday section of El Universo, which produces reports and investigations that are published every Sunday.
Marjorie ORTIZ was a reporter at Radio Tropicana form April 1995 to July 1998. Since 1999, she is Special editor at El Universo.
En clínicas se hace de todo para curar homosexualidad
Diario El Universo
The investigative report discovered and denounced clandestine centres (which called themselves "clinics"), that offered to "remove" and "cure" homosexuality in exchange for money and, in most cases, with the permission of the family of the supposed "patients". The owners used violent and illegal methods. The "therapies" included beatings, electricity on the genitals, pornographic videos, taking hard drugs and pills for hours or days, and injections of hormones (male or female). Sometimes even rapes occured. Thanks to this report, the authorities (who were unaware of this issue) closed these torture centres. The media had never spoken of these centres in the country and few people knew that they existed.
Produced in Kinshasa, this radio report by Freddy Mata Matundu and Larissa Diakanua looks at one of the greatest evils threatening the future of Congolese children: being accused of witchcraft. Children are falsely accused of being predators, wizards of bad luck and even vampires. The report traces the origins of the phenomenon, its causes and its consequences. Freddy has been a reporter at Radio Top Congo FM since 2006. Previously he worked at the NGO Canacu, where he led several conferences on the rights of children and women in particular. Born in Maputo, in Mozambique, Larissa was a journalist at Radio Top Congo FM for six years. In April 2009, she moved to German International Radio Network, Deutsche Welle.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Enfants dits « sorciers »: enfants en danger / Child ‘Wizards’: children in danger
Radio Top Congo FM
Johann Abrahams and Godknows Nare spent three months investigating conditions inside prisons in Zimbabwe for their television report “Hell Hole”. Their work exposed severe human-rights violations and starving prisoners. It led to worldwide condemnation and an immediate response from the Zimbabwean government, first denying the authenticity of the footage and then later promising change within 30 days. International aid agencies and human rights groups were then given access to prisons to help, which resulted in many lives being saved. Johann is the executive producer of an investigative programme called “Special Assignment”. Co-producer Godknows is a freelance producer born in Zimbabwe.
South African Broadcasting Corporation
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