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2022 #NataliPrize Winners

The winners of the 2022 Lorenzo Natali media Prize are:

Grand Prize

Ritwika Mitra for In the Sundarban, Climate Change Has an Unlikely Effect – On Child Trafficking, published in The Wire Science in partnership with the Fuller Project.

The story traces women survivors who were raped and left pregnant after being trafficked as minors from the Sundarban in the Bay of Bengal.

Europe Prize: 

Vânia Maia for A journey into the world of exploited and invisible immigrants, published in Visão.

The work shines a light on the exploitation, misery and precarious conditions in which illegal immigrants live in Europe. The suffering of workers in Odemira, Portugal is a local story with universal resonance.

Best Emerging Journalist Prize:

Rémi Carton and Paul Boyer for In Haiti, ‘the shattered lives’ of child slaves, published in Libération.

The article exposes the practice termed ‘restavek’ which sees children from poor families placed in servitude as domestic workers where they are often abused in Haiti.

The Grand Jury

This year’s Grand Jury brings together internationally renowned experts from the world of journalism.

Over 500 eligible entries from a total of 841 applications were shortlisted by our four partner Universities: Universidade Catôlica Portuguesa (Portugal), Universidad de Navarra (Spain), Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (Lebanon), and Vesalius College (Belgium). The Grand Jury will select the winners from the shortlisted entries.

Hannah Ajakaiye, ICFJ Knight Fellow 

Hannah Ajakaiye is an award-winning journalist leading a fact checking project that is combating misinformation on social media platforms in Nigeria. A data enthusiast with a passion for development and social justice issues, she has worked with Code for Africa to deliver data driven reports on water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria’s biggest cities. Hannah Ajakaiye is a recipient of the 2017 Newscorp Fellowship hosted by The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal and an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Centers reporting tour on human trafficking. A recipient of the 2018 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Journalism Fellowship hosted by the United Nations Department of Public Information, Ojo is committed to leading digital innovations in African newsrooms. 

Maria Ângela Carrascalão, Journalist, author and former Justice Minister 

Maria Ângela Carrascalão is a journalist, author, university teacher and former Justice Minister from Timor-Leste. She has worked as a journalist for Portuguese news agencies Notícias de Portugal (NP), Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa and Lusa, as well as for the television station Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, the magazine Jornal Expresso and the Portuguese newspaper Público. She became Director of the bilingual Tetum and Portuguese newspaper Lia Foun in 2004 and was correspondent for Radio SBS (Melbourne) between 2006 and 2009. In 2017, she was appointed Minister of Justice by former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. She holds a doctorate in Law from the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e. 

Dr. Michael Rediske, Board President, Reporters Without Borders Germany 

Dr. Michael Rediske is President of the Board of Reporters without Borders Germany. After starting his career as a journalist in Central America, he became editor of German newspaper taz in 1987, and editor-in-chief in 1996. He held managerial positions at the Berlin internet start-up Citikey, the Evangelische Journalistenschule (EJS) Berlin, and AFP Germany, before moving to the German Journalists Association Deutscher Journalisten-Verband. He holds a graduate degree in public administration and a doctorate in political science. In 2016, he was presented with the Federal Order of Merit for his commitment to press freedom by German President Joachim Gauck. 

Laurent Richard, Founder and Executive Director of Forbidden Stories

For more than 20 years, Laurent has conducted international investigations and major stories for television. He is the author of numerous investigations into the lies of the tobacco industry, the excesses of the financial sector, and the clandestine actions of Mossad and the CIA.

During a one-year fellowship at the University of Michigan, Laurent developed the idea of a global network of journalists dedicated to pursuing the investigations of reporters who have been murdered, imprisoned or threatened. This resulted in the launch of the Forbidden Stories consortium in 2017, which has since won awards including the prestigious European Press Prize, the Georges Polk Award and the RSF Impact Prize for the Pegasus Project, published in 2021.

As a documentary producer, Laurent won the Prix Europa for the best European documentary series in 2020 for the “Green Blood” series. He was named “European Journalist of the Year” at the Prix Europa in Berlin in 2018.

Laurent Richard

Omaya Sosa, Co-founder and Special Projects Editor, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

Omaya is an investigative journalist, founding co-director of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism and co-founder of NotiCel.com. Her work has been published by Puerto Rican and international newspapers including Metro, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, La Nación (Argentina), among others. Her work has been recognised by various institutions, and her series about transformation in Cuba after the assent of Raúl Castro to the presidency was published as part of FNPI's compilation "The Best of Latin American Journalism II."

The Prize at a Glance

For three decades, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize (#NataliPrize) has honoured the courage of journalists whose stories shine a light on the common challenges facing our planet and its people. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize returns to support international partnerships and inspire a new generation of reporters. It rewards excellent reporting on the topics of: 

  • inequality
  • poverty eradication
  • sustainable development
  • environment, biodiversity, climate action
  • digital
  • jobs and employment
  • education and skills development
  • migration
  • healthcare
  • peace, democracy and human rights

The #NataliPrize was created by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), and named after Lorenzo Natali, a precursor to the international partnerships approach to global challenges impacting society.

Categories and Prize

  1. Grand Prize: reporting published by a media based in one of the European Union’s partner countries. 
  2. Europe Prize: reporting published by a media based in the European Union (not including the United Kingdom). 
  3. Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 whose reporting was published by a media based in the European Union (not including the United Kingdom) or in one of its partner countries

The winner in each category will receive €10,000. The winner of the Best Emerging Journalist category will also be offered a work experience opportunity with a media partner. Categories will not be awarded if quality is not met.

The full list of eligible countries can be found here.

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Past Winners

The Natali Prize has recognised 101 journalists since it was launched in 1992. Browse the map to view past winners in the countries where their winning work was published.

Who is 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.