Past winners

Past winners

Lorenzo Natali (LNP) - Winners

/europeaid/file/lorenzo-natali-media-prize-2017-1_enLorenzo Natali Media Prize 2017

 







Lorenzo Natali prize - 2015






Lorenzo Natali prize - 2011

 

Grand Prize

Tom Heinemann

Grand Prize

/europeaid/file/tomheinemannjpg_entomheinemann.jpg

Sparked by his own personal experiences from extensive travel in countries and regions such as India, Bangladesh and South America, Heinemann shows viewers the potential dark side of the microcredit phenomenon. He also highlights human tragedies, such as suicides that have resulted from the pressure of personal debt or the social exclusion that can ensue when individual misfortune places a borrowing group in jeopardy.

Broadcast in more than 14 countries, the documentary has achieved truly global resonance – a fact attested to by the numerous subsequent official investigations into microcredit. The Grand Jury noted that ‘millions are affected by Heinemann’s story’ and commended the journalist for ‘challenging our way of thinking.’

The idea of providing credit to the poor – who can usually offer little or no collateral in return – was introduced and popularised by Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, in the 1970s and has been employed to great effect in Bangladesh, for example. Behind the veneer of success, however, Heinemann identifies a shocking undercurrent of debt dependency, as the financial institutions and other bodies set-up to provide microcredits hound their debtors.

The fundamental tenet of microcredit – to provide cheap finance to entrepreneurial individuals in developing countries – is questioned and Heinemann forces his viewers to consider whether the premise that anyone can be an entrepreneur is no more than a hopeful fantasy, instead often ending in an inescapable spiral of debt.

/europeaid/file/denmarkjpg_endenmark.jpg

 Denmark

Title of the article

The Micro Debt

Tom Heinemann’s television documentary on microcredit is a shining example of world-class investigative journalism, challenging entrenched assumptions and debunking what the journalist characterises as ‘the myth of microcredit as a one-stop solution to poverty’.

Watch the documentary :

 



s

c

a

=

=

Lorenzo Natali prize - 2010

 

Grand Prize

Yader Francisco Luna García

Grand Prize

/europeaid/file/yaderfranciscolunagarciajpg_enyaderfranciscolunagarcia.jpg

Nicaraguan journalist Yader Francisco Luna Garcia was awarded the 2010 Lorenzo Natali Grand Prize for his inside look at Nicaragua’s “Messenger Witch”, a radio character who launched a personal war over the airwaves, naming and shaming perpetrators of domestic violence. The wizened old woman tackles this tough issue head on, and her radio programme is widely followed in a jungle shantytown in the central Nicuraguan region of Bocana de Paiwas.

/europeaid/file/nicaraguajpg_ennicaragua.jpg

 Nicaragua

Title of the article

Palabra de Mujer / Woman’s Word

Name of media

Revista La Brújula Semana

Yader Luna is editor and publisher of the review 'La Brújula Semanal', with which he won UNICEF's National Journalism Prize for a story on children’s and teenager’s rights in November 2009. He also writes a regular blog there. From 2006 to 2009 he was editor and reporter in the 'Politics' section at 'La Prensa', Nicaragua's most prestigious daily. He has worked with the "Magazine" - a Sunday supplement - and the daily El Nuevo Diario.

 

 

[/c

o

o

l

l

a

t

t

Lorenzo Natali prize - 2009

 

Grand Prize

Yee-Chong Lee

Grand Prize

/europeaid/file/yee-chongleejpg_enyee-chonglee.jpg

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.

/europeaid/file/chinajpg_enchina.jpg

 China

Title of the article

Sichuan Earthquake – One year on

Name of media

Now TV

 


p

p

p

d

d

Lorenzo Natali prize - 2008

 

Grand Prize

Raphael Gomide

Grand Prize

/europeaid/file/raphaelgomidejpg_enraphaelgomide.jpg

For his 2008 prize-winning article, Raphael Gomide went undercover in the Rio de Janeiro Police Department, the most lethal in Brazil. In 2007, Rio set a macabre record of 1 330 civilians and 151 officers killed in alleged shootings. The Police Department is frequently accused of corruption, crime and flouting human rights. To learn about its ideology and role in training officers, Raphael passed a public competition and underwent a month of police training. He chose to go undercover to try to understand the police from within, without censorship. He heard colleagues promising to kill rather than arrest criminals, and instructors teaching techniques to forge a crime scene so they could claim self defence. Through the testimony of officers, the story reveals that the police tolerate and encourage lethal violence. Raphael has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for four top dailies in Brazil. He has also won the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism with the series of articles “Slaves of the 21st Century”.

/europeaid/file/braziljpg_enbrazil.jpg

 Brazil

Title of the article

Infiltrated - The Police from Within

Name of media

Folha de S.Paulo

 

 



c

c

c

s

s

Lorenzo Natali prize - 2007

 

Grand Prize

Siew Ying Leu

First Prize and Grand Prize

/europeaid/file/siewyingleujpg_ensiewyingleu.jpg

This story is about a bid by residents of a village in Guangzhou province to recall their elected head for suspected corruption in mid-2005. Local authorities used a huge police force to suppress them. They hired thugs to beat villagers and jailed them. Activists, lawyers and reporters were also beaten. One activist is still under detention and one protest leader continues to get visits from Party executives who harass him. Villagers’ phones are tapped and surveillance cameras and thugs watch them to prevent them from doing anything against the government.

/europeaid/file/chinajpg_enchina.jpg

China

Title of the article

From Village Protest to National Flashpoint

Name of media

South China Morning Post

Siew Ying has been the Guangzhou correspondent for South China Morning Post since December 2002 after she spent a year in Beijing helping to start up Xinhua Financial network. Prior to that, she was city editor at Taiwan News in Taipei. She worked for 12 years at France-Presse Agency in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing after starting her career at Bernama news agency in Kuala Lumpur. She was also an Alfred Friendly Fellow at the Chicago Tribune.





pse col

Lorenzo Natali prize - 2006

 

Africa

Ahmad Zéïdane Bichara

First Prize

Ahmad Zéïdane Bichara

/europeaid/file/chadjpg_enchad.jpg

Chad

Larisse Houssou

Second Prize

Larisse Houssou

/europeaid/file/beninjpg_enbenin.jpg

Benin

Katharine Houreld

Third Prize

Katharine Houreld

/europeaid/file/southafricajpg_ensouthafrica.jpg

South Africa

[/co

[col

[col

>[colla

collaps

Lorenzo Natali prize - 2005

 

Africa

Abdoulaye Ibbo Daddy

First Prize

Abdoulaye Ibbo Daddy

/europeaid/file/nigerjpg_enniger.jpg

Niger

Sheila C. Kulubya

Second Prize

Sheila C. Kulubya

/europeaid/file/ugandajpg_enuganda.jpg

Uganda

Ahmed Newton Barry

Third Prize

Ahmed Newton Barry

/europeaid/file/burkinafasojpg_enburkinafaso.jpg

Burkina



p>

[c

llapse