The Pegasus Project awarded the 2021 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism
About the winner
Forbidden Stories is a consortium of journalists whose mission is to continue the investigations of murdered, imprisoned or threatened journalists.
Since its inception in 2017, Forbidden Stories and its partners have pursued the work of Daphne Caruana Galizia, but also of journalists murdered for their investigations into environmental crimes or Mexican cartels.
With more than 30 partner news organizations around the world and nearly 100 journalists, Forbidden Stories relies on a network that believes strongly in collaborative journalism. For its work, Forbidden Stories has won prestigious awards around the world, including the European Press Prize and the Georges Polk Award.
About the winning story
Pegasus: The new global weapon for silencing journalists • Forbidden Stories
Short summary of the winning story:
An unprecedented leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected for surveillance by the customers of the Israeli company NSO Group shows how this technology has been systematically abused for years. The Forbidden Stories consortium and Amnesty International had access to records of phone numbers selected by NSO clients in more than 50 countries since 2016.
Journalists from the Pegasus Project – more than 80 reporters from 17 media organizations in 10 countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories with the technical support of Amnesty International’s Security Lab – sifted through these records of phone numbers and were able to take a peak behind the curtain of this surveillance weapon, which had never been possible to this extent before.
The Forbidden Stories consortium discovered that, contrary to what NSO Group has claimed for many years, including in a recent transparency report, this spyware has been widely misused. The leaked data showed that at least 180 journalists have been selected as targets in countries like India, Mexico, Hungary, Morocco and France, among others. Potential targets also include human rights defenders, academics, businesspeople, lawyers, doctors, union leaders, diplomats, politicians and several heads of states.
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About the European Jury
An independent jury composed of 29 representatives of the press and civil society from the 27 European member states and representatives of the main European Associations of Journalism.
International Federation of Journalists – Anthony Bellanger : Secretary General
Committee to Protect Journalist – Tom Gibson : EU Representative
Austria – Helmut Spudich : Vice-President of the Concordia Press Club Vienna
Belgium – Pol Deltour : National secretary VVJ / AVBB (Belgian / Flemish Association of Journalists)
Bulgaria – Bogdana Lazarova : Journalist from Bulgarian National TV, member UJB
Cyprus – Tonia Stavrinou : Journalists-member of the Executive Committee of the Union of Cyprus Journalists
Croatia – Hrvoje Šimičević : Member of the Croatia Journalists’ Association Executive Board
Danemark – Elisabeth Hamerik Schwarz : Representative Danish
Estonia – Helle Tiikmaa : President Estonian Association of Journalists
Finland – Salla Nazarenko : International Affairs Specialist at the Union of Journalists in Finland
France – Jérôme Cathala : Mediator France Télévision, forme Head TV France International
Germany – Juliane Hielscher : Chairman of the Berlin Press Club
Greece – Ariadni Aria Agatsa : 1st Vice President JUADN
Hungary – László M. Lengyel : Executive President of the HPU
Ireland – Michael Foley : Vice Chair of the NUJ Ethic’s Council, former journalist at the Irish
Italia – Raffele Lorusso : General Secretary of the Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana (Fnsi)
Latvia – Ilja Kozins : Chair of the board of the Latvian Association of Journalists.
Lithuania – Dainius Radzevičius : Chairman of Lithuanian Journalists Union
Luxembourg – Tom Haas : Member of the Committee of the Luxembourg Association of Professional Journalists (ALJP)
Malta – Matthew Xuereb: Assistant Editor Times of Malta
Netherlands – Ana Karadarevic : NVJ Board member
Poland – Jarosław Włodarczyk : Secretary General Press Club Polska
Portugal – Patricia Fonseca : Director Lisbon Press Club
Republic Czech – Marie Nemcova : COO MDIF (Media Development Investment Fund) – Prague
Romania – Léonard – Octavian Paduret : President Federația Cultură și Mass-Media FAIR – Mediasind
Slovakia – Daniel Modrovsky : Representative Slovak syndicate of Journalists
Slovenia – Uroš Škerl Kramberger : Member of the Slovenian Union of Journalist and a prominent journalist at daily Dnevnik.
Spain – Luis Menéndez : Representante designado por la Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España
Sweden – Ulrika Hyllert : Leader of the Swedish union for journalists
About the Prize
The Daphne Caruana Prize was initiated by a decision of the Bureau of the European Parliament in December 2019 as a tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese anti-corruption investigative journalist and blogger who was killed in a car bomb attack in 2017.
The Prize is rewarded on a yearly basis (on the 16 October, the date Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated) to outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights. This is the first year the prize has been awarded.
The Prize was opened to professional journalists and teams of professional journalists of any nationality to submit in-depth pieces that have been published or broadcast by media based in one of the 27 European Union member states. The aim is to support and highlight the importance of professional journalism in safeguarding freedom, equality and opportunity.
The independent jury was composed of representatives of the press and civil society from the 27 European member states and representatives of the main European Associations of Journalism.
The prize and the €20 000 prize money demonstrates the European Parliament’s strong support for investigative journalism and the importance of free press.
The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism is awarded each year around the 16th October, the day of the journalist’s assassination.