Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2020
#NataliPrize 2020 Winners
Today, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize:
- Grand Prize: Dayu Zhang of the ‘South China Morning Post’ for “The ‘thin yellow line’ standing between Hong Kong police and protestors”. A story on the 2019 Hong Kong protests from the perspective of a community group seeking to defuse tensions between protestors and police.
- Europe Prize: Cécile Schilis Gallego and Marion Guegan of ‘Forbidden Stories’ for “Mines’ dirty secrets echo on three continents”. An investigation on the hostile environment faced by journalists reporting on mining stories across the world.
- Best Emerging Journalist Prize: Shola Lawal of ‘Equal Times’ for “For African migrants trying, and dying, to reach North America, the Darién Gap is the ‘New Mediterranean’”. An exposé on the dangerous conditions faced by ‘extra-continental migrants’ travelling from Africa to reach North America.
For nearly three decades, the Prize has recognised quality journalism focused on compelling and compassionate reporting to bring sustainable development stories to light.
Find out more about the #NataliPrize community supporting journalism for sustainable development. A platform of past winners, Grand Jury members, strategic regional partners and ambassadors who speaks truth to power. Every year, the Prize receives applications from journalists around the world, showing not just the huge level of talent in storytelling and speaking truth to power, but also the passion for the issues covered by the Lorenzo Natali.
The Prize at a glance
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to recognise and celebrate excellence in reporting on sustainable development issues. It was created by DG DEVCO, and named after Lorenzo Natali, a precursor of European development policy.
Today, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize’s community of past winners, Grand Jury members, strategic regional partners and ambassadors have created a platform supporting journalism for sustainable development. The Prize also gives a voice to those whose vital message is often overlooked or ignored.
Applications were open between 10 February and 15 March 2020 23:59 CET.
The overarching theme of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is journalism for sustainable development. Entries to this year’s competition should relate to international partnership issues such as, but not limited to, fighting poverty and inequalities, human rights, democracy, youth, gender equality, environment and climate change, health, technology and digital, etc.
Categories and Prize
The applicants must choose one of these categories when filling in the application form. The Prize is open to journalists in the following three categories:
1. Grand Prize: reporting published by a media based in one of the European Union’s partner countries on development and cooperation.
2. Europe Prize: reporting published by a media based in the European Union*.
3. Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 whose reporting was published by a media based in the European Union* or in one of its partner countries on development and cooperation.
*For the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, entries published in a UK-based outlet are eligible if published between 10 March 2019 and 31 January 2020.
Who is Lorenzo Natali?
Established 28 years ago by the European Commission, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is awarded in memory of Lorenzo Natali, a former Commissioner for Development and 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.