Corruption Reporting: we sponsor new award
Transparency International is sponsoring a Corruption Reporting award as part of the 2014 One World Media Awards. The goal is to highlight and encourage the coverage of corruption around the world.
Reporting about corruption takes courage and determination. By its very nature, corruption is secretive and hidden, so it requires special skills to detect and explain. The award seeks to honour journalists who bring the abuses of entrusted power to light because only when corruption is uncovered, can it be tackled.
The media plays a crucial role in providing citizens with information that enables them to stand up to the corrupt. An independent and free media is a cornerstone of democracy and a vital pillar of national integrity and good governance. It is a public watchdog on the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery.
In Latin America, for example, the work of investigative journalists played a central role in the ousting of several corrupt presidents including Fernando Collor de Mello of Brazil, Abdalá Bucarám Ortíz of Ecuador and Alberto Fujimori of Peru. At the best of times, good journalism gives the public the comfort in knowing that wrongdoers will be called to account.
Enter now – One World Media Corruption Reporting Award
The 2014 Awards are NOW OPEN for entries, with a closing deadline of 29 January. Click here to see how to enter and here to see all this year's categories, which include the first Transparency International-sponsored corruption reporting award.
The award is open to all broadcast, online and print media that deals with any aspect of corruption, including investigative reports and features that show the effects of corruption on individuals or society.
Corruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, including everything from grand larceny to petty bribery.
There will be an award ceremony in London on 6 May.
Transparency International is already a co-sponsor of the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award with Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (Press and Society Institute, IPYS). The 2013 Award received 177 entries and the winners were announced on 15 October. The first prize was given to A secret deal between the government and the Mara Salvatrucha-13 and Barrio 18 gangs (El pacto secreto del gobierno con las pandillas Mara Salvatrucha-13 y Barrio 18) by Óscar Martínez, José Luis Sanz, Efrén Lemus, Roberto Valencia, Sergio Aráuz and Carlos Martínez, from El Faro, El Salvador.
Promoting justice worldwide
One World Media Awards are now in their 26th year. They reward “the most outstanding coverage of the developing world and recognise the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in increasing cultural understanding and promoting fairness and justice worldwide”.
For more information on One World Media and their journalism development programmes click here.
To download the call for entries as a PDF click here.