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TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery

2016 prize winners announced: The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Wall Street Journal.

 

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in conjunction with Swedish Television’s Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) and Sweden’s TT News Agency, and The Wall Street Journal have been named as the recipients of the inaugural TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting. The awards were presented at the closing dinner of The Greed Project, a three-day retreat hosted by TRACE at King’s College, Cambridge, to explore the nature of greed, entitlement, impunity, fraud and remorse. 

“Bribery is a key obstacle to economic development With this prize, TRACE seeks to honor the journalists who have brought these issues to light, often risking their safety or liberty, and in doing so have helped to improve their communities”

Alexandra Wrage,
TRACE President

“Investigative reporting on bribery is crucial for a democracy, it strengthens transparency and accountability. Reporters who uncover bribery cases in the world deserve to be highly recognized with this prize.”

Jorge Luis Sierra

The OCCRP’s collaborative investigation followed a complex Azerbaijan telecom scandal that stretched from the Azeri ruling family to the shores of Stockholm. Judge Diana Henriques said of the entry, “It was bravely and persistently reported in the face of daunting dangers.”

The Wall Street Journal series featured 10 reporters in 7 countries and investigated huge networks of corruption in the Malaysian government including the country’s leader. Judge Donatella Lorch describes it as “a coup de force in untangling and then explaining in lay terms the complexities of these vast webs of corruption.”

TRACE received an overwhelming response for the first year of this prestigious award, with over 50 qualified entries from 30 countries. TRACE President Alexandra Wrage said, “The response to the TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting underscores the complicated work carried out by journalists around the world who seek to improve their communities through exposing corruption. These investigations are complex, lengthy, and often dangerous. With this award we honor those undertaking this important work.”

Read the press release here.

The TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting recognizes reporting that focuses on uncovering commercial bribery with the goal of advancing commercial transparency and seeks to honor journalists who have brought corruption and bribery to light often risking their safety or liberty to improve their communities. 

THE 2016 JUDGES WERE:

  • Diana Henriques, financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times
  • Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News
  • Peter Klein, Director of the Global Reporting Centre and Associate Professor at University of British Columbia School of Journalism
  • Donatella Lorch, freelance reporter, formerly with The New York Times, NBC NEWS and Newsweek, currently based in Ankara, Turkey
  • Jorge Luis Sierra, Mexican investigative reporter and editor currently working as a Knight International Press Fellow

The 2017 prize will open in the fall of 2016.



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