IFJ and Commission reward best reporting on human rights

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.


In his speech given to nominate the winners of the Natali Prize for Journalism, Neil Kinnock Vice-President of the Commission said: "As Journalistes Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Journalists remind us, more than a third of the people of the world live in countries where there is no press freedom. And, even in countries where repression is not a main instrument of government, oppressive controls, persecution, violent attacks and killings are ever-present dangers for those who try to speak and write the truth".


The Lorenzo Natali Prize was established by the Commission in 1992 to promote quality journalism and to commemorate the former Vice-President of the Commission, Mr Lorenzo Natali. Since 1999 the prize has been administered by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The prize is awarded to print or on-line journalists who have demonstrated a great insight and particular dedication to the reporting of human rights issues within the context of development. Each winner receives a trophy and a cash prize of 10,000 Euro.


The Lorenzo Natali Prize is awarded each year.


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