African Scoop Wins Top Prize at World Journalism Awards

Winners and Nominees at the Prize-Giving Ceremony in Brussels on 15 November 2002. Photo: Frank De Four.

Raymond Archer from Ghana, a young journalist who reported a deportation scandal that rocked the government of Sweden, has scooped the gold medal in the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize - one of the world's leading awards for journalists. Raymond Archer is also the winner of the regional prize for Africa.

He and other top-class journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America were honoured by the International Federation of Journalists and the European Commission at a special prize-giving ceremony held at the International Press Centre, Residence Palace, in Brussels on Friday 15th November.

Each winner of the Natali Prize, which is presented to the cream of reporting human rights, democracy and development receives 10 000 Euro and a trophy.

The Natali Prize, which is awarded to print and/or on-line journalists who have demonstrated a striking insight and particular dedication to the reporting of human rights issues within the context of development, was established in 1992 to promote quality journalism and to commemorate the dedication of former Vice-President of the European Commission, Lorenzo Natali. Since 1999 the prize has been administered by the IFJ, the world's largest organisation of journalists, which represents 500,000 journalists in more than 100 countries.

The Prizes were presented by Poul Nielson, Commissioner of the European Union for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

The 2002 Lorenzo Natali Gold Medal Winner:

Raymond Archer (Ghana) for his three articles "Ex-Minister in deportation scam", "Tragedy of youth deported for cash" and "Swedish Minister resigns over Amarki scam" published in The Ghanian Chronicle.

In the regional category of Africa the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize goes to:

Raymond Archer (Ghana.)


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.

In the regional category of Asia and the Pacific the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize goes to:

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.

In the regional category of Europe the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize goes to:

Henrik Brun and Ulrikke Moustgaard (Denmark) for their five articles "Forsvaret st¢tter 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.

In the regional category of Latin America and the Caribbean the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize goes to:

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.

In the regional category of North Africa and the Middle East the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize goes to:

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 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.