On 24 October, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Commission announced the five winners of the 2003 Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism.
On 24 October, five top journalists from Africa, Asia, the Arab World, Europe and Latin America received prizes from Commission Vice-President Neil Kinnock. The winners of The 2003 Natali Prize for Journalism are:
- for the Africa Region, Ken Opala for a series of article on death penalty in Kenya;
- for the Arab World, Iran and Israel, Walid Batrawi for his on-line article “Media-less Reforms vs. Reform-less Media”;
- for the Asia-Pacific region, Massoud Ansari for its reporting on human rights abuses in the Afghan repatriation scheme in Pakistan;
- for the European region, Sofia Branco for her articles on female circumcision and
- for the Latin American region, Fernando Hoyos Estrada for his report on cooperative self-help initiatives that provide ways out of poverty.
Among the five regional winners, the overall winner and recipient of the Gold Medal Natali Award is Ken Opala from the Daily Nation, Kenya.