Montenegro Media Institute announced today the competition for the EU award for investigative journalism, rewarding the best investigative stories published in Montenegro in 2016.
The due date for application is 28 March 2017 (midnight).
Head of EUD to Montenegro, Aivo Orav said at the opening ceremony of the contest that: “the EU encourages and supports investigative journalism because, when performed professionally and ethically, investigative journalism represents an added value for the rule of law”.
The ambassador Orav pointed out further that: “Investigative journalism is not possible without freedom of expression. That is why the EU expects from all enlargement countries to eradicate violence and intimidation against journalists and to fight impunity by fully processing all such cases from the past. In that regard, investigative journalists are particularly vulnerable and should be protected and by no means considered as public enemies”.
The EU award for investigative journalism in Western Balkans was established by the European Commission, as a regional initiative implemented by partner organization of the civil society from Montengro, Albania, BiH, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey. Coordinator of the program is Peace Institute in Ljubljana.
The full instructions for submission of entries/nominations and entry forms are available here