Previous Natali Prize winners

The Natali Prize for Journalism was launched in 1992 by the then Commissioner Marin for development. It rewarded "Articles addressing democracy or human rights as vital aspects of development, written in an official language of the European Union and published in a newspaper or magazine in a developing country or a Member State of the European Union".

The prize was awarded three times (1992, 1993 and 1994) and then suspended for three years. It was relaunched in 1998 in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists who is now responsible for the management of the prize.

Until 2001, two prizes of €10,000 were awarded each year: one to a journalist from a developing country and one to a journalist from the EU. In addition, each of the winners was offered a trip to the country of his or her fellow prize winner.

In 2001, an additional Natali Prize for West Africa was set up in collaboration with the West African Journalists Association (WAJA).

In 2002, the European Commission expanded the programme to award five Natali Prizes, one in each of the following regions: Europe (EU Member States and Accession Countries); Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; North Africa and the Middle East. An additional Gold Medal was awarded to the overall winner of the 2002 Natali Prize.

Winners 2002
Winners and nominees at the prize-piving ceremony in Brussels on 15 November 2002.
Photo: Frank De Four.


Five Prizes each worth €10,000

The 2002 Natali Gold Medal Winner:
Raymond Archer (Ghana)

Winner of the 2002 Natali Prize for Africa:
Raymond Archer (Ghana) for his three articles "Ex-Minister in deportations scam", "Tragedy of youth deported for cash" and "Swedish Minister resigns over Amarkai's scam" all published in The Ghanaian Chronicle.

Caroline Sorgho (Burkina Faso) for her article "Le Burkina, pivot d'un odieux commerce" published in L'Evénement.
Mervin Syafunko (Zambia) for his article "The Untold Story of the Gwembe" published in The Monitor.

Winner of the 2002 Natali Prize for Asia and the Pacific:
Asha Krishnakumar (India) for her report "Weavers in Distress" and the follow-up story "For the Weavers" both published in Frontline.

Rommy Fibri (Indonesia) on behalf of The Weekly Tempo News Magazine team for their report "Sex, Lies and Entertainment".
Annam Suresh (India) for her 16 articles on child trafficking and child prostitution published online on Wahindia.

Winners of the 2002 Natali Prize for Europe:
Henrik Brun and Ulrikke Moustgaard (Denmark) for their five articles "Forsvaret støtter sex-mafia på Balkan", "Kvinden: Fanget i Xhevats fælde", "Tatjana og Kim, "Fakta til Tatjana og Kim" and "Soldaten: En soldats tjenstlige forseelse" about Danish peacekeepers' exploitation of trafficked women in Kosovo published in Information.

Paul Cullen (Ireland) for his articles "Human Trafficking: Fleeing the tragic state of Nigeria" and "The trade that means misery by the cargo" published in The Irish Times.
Karin Steinberger (Germany) for her article "Die verkauften Kinder von Poipet" published in Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Winners of the 2002 Natali Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean:
Mauri König (Brazil) for his article "Mentira encobre crime no quartel" published in O Estado Do Paraná.


Julio César Benegas Vidallet (Paraguay) for his five articles "La próxima víctima está vuelta de pagina", "Chantajes y temores obstaculizan cambios", "Corrupción y poder mantienen intacto el servicio militar", "Victimas del SMO provienen de familias muy humildes" and "Cada 35 días muere un soldado en los cuarteles del Ejército" all published in ABC Color.

Mário Magalhães (Brazil) for his article "A história de Alexandre" published in Folha de São Paulo.
Irma Del Valle Alvarez Rojas (Venezuela) for her three articles "Atrapados en La Roca", "No olvidarán lo que vieron" and "El chichero no llegó a la plaza" published in Diario El Universal.

Winner of the 2002 Natali Prize for North Africa and the Middle East:
Maher Chmaytelli (Lebanon) for his articles "Cultural Forums: Pseudonyms for Syria's new political activities" and "Syrian MP's arrest part of plan to muzzle dissent" published on Middle East Online and in Middle East Times and The Daily Star of Beirut.

Sihem Bensedrine (Tunisia) for her article "Internet, la navigation sous haute surveillance" published online on Kalima.
Yahia Asad Shukkeir (Jordan) for his two-part report "Comments on the New Internet Centers Regulations" and "Confirming its illegality" published in Al Arab Al Yawm.

For more information, see the 2002 Jury Report.


Winner in the category of articles published in a Member State of the European Union:
Romain GUBERT (France) for his article "Les terribles temoignages des réfugiés tchétchènes" published in Le Point.

Winner in the category of articles published in a developing country:
Kamau NGOTHO (Kenya) for his article "The Pinto Murder" published in The Sunday Nation.

Teun VOETEN (The Netherlands) for his artcle "De bittere vrede van Sierra Leone" published in Vrij Nederland.
Ana Lucia RAFFO FLOREZ (Colombia) for her artcle "Desplazados, tragedia nacional" published in El Spectador.

2001 - West Africa

The 2001 Lorenzo Natali Prize for West Africa was awarded on December 2001 in Dakar to Ibiba DONPEDRO (Nigeria) for her article "Life on the Harsh Lane" published in The Guardian.

The Jury commended Raymond ARCHER (Ghana) for his article "Kangaroo Police Station Inside Burma Camp" published in The Ghanaian Chronicle and Tunde ASAJU for the article "Tears of Victims: Human Rights Violation Commission Hears Sordid Stories of Nigeria's Ugly Past" published in NewsWatch.


Two Prizes of €10,000

Winners in the category of articles published in a developing country:
Atiya ACHAKULWISUT (Thailand) for the article "Villagers in Deep Water" published in The Bangkok Post.


Fariah RAZAK HAROON (Pakistan) for the article "Women Are Falling Behind" published in Dawn.

Winners in the category of articles published in the European Union:
Marco BELLO and Paolo MOIOLA (Italy) for their article "Haiti, l'isola senza qualità" published in Mondo e Missione.


Astrid PRANGE de OLIVEIRA (Germany) for the article "Angst vor dem Blut" published in Deutsches Allgmeines Sonntagsblatt.

Dorette DEUTSCH (Germany) for the article "Die traurigen Bräute der Zadrima" published in Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Alain LALLEMAND (Belgium) for a series of articles on the war against drugs in Colombia published Le Soir.
John KUNNAPPALLY (India) for a series of five articles on an industrial scandal in Kerala, India, which lead to a whole community suffering from acute industrial pollution, published in Malyala Manorama.


Two Prizes of €10,000

Winner in the category of articles published in a developing country:
Robert MUGAGGA (Uganda) for the article "Prison Warders in Horror Tortures" published in The Monitor.

Winner in the category of articles published in the European Union:
Ole DAMKJAER (Denmark) for an article on the situation in Indonesia, in which he exposed how rapid economic development does not automatically bring with it democracy or improved social and cultural conditions published in Berlingske Tidende.

Joaquin FERNANDEZ NUNEZ (Mexico) for the article "Malestar para la Familia" published in Revista Expansión.
Supara JANCHITFAH (Thailand) for the article on the human consequences of failure to protect the environment in a period of rapid industrialisation published in Bangkok Post.
Lucy JOHNSTON (United Kingdom) for the article "Barred from Animals Kingdom" published in The Observer.
Michela WRONG (United Kingdom) for an article on poverty and chaos in Congo where people manage to survive in spite of corrupt officials and economic catastrophe published in Financial Times.


One Prize of €5,000

Palagummi SAINATH (India) for a series of articles related to development and poverty as well as working and living conditions of most vulnerable social groups in India published throughout a year in The Times of India.


Two Prizes: one of €5,000 and one of €1,000

First Prize
Y. Bégoto OULATAR (Chad), Director of N'Djamena Hebdo.

Second Prize
Charles ONYANGO-OBBO (Uganda), Editor of The Monitor.


One Prize of €5,000

The organisation Reporters sans frontières directed by Mr. Robert MENARD (France).

Nicoué K. BROOHM (Benin) for the article "La servitude volontaire et la problématique des droits de l'homme en Afrique" published in the first issue of Droits et Liberté, magazine of La Ligue Togolaise des Droits de l'Homme.