Prizes – Press Prize

Press Prizes for Russia and Eastern Europe 2010

Prize laureates

Mikhail Beketov
Weekly newspaper Arsenjevskije Vesti
Newspaper Borisovskije Novosti
The journal Liberali
Shahvalad Chobanoglu
TV-medium ANTV Online TV
Edik Baghdasaryan

Mikhail Beketov was editor and founder of the local newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda, in which he wrote, for example, a series of articles about preserving the forest lands in Khimki (a suburb of Moscow), while the local authorities were building a new motorway from St. Petersburg to Moscow. After receiving threats for his journalistic activities, Beketov was assaulted and beaten in 2008. He was disabled and became an invalid as a result of the attack. Beketov was nominated by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights House Foundation, Oslo. The prize is EUR 10 000.

Arsenjevskije Vesti is a weekly newspaper published in the Primor region of Vladivostok. The newspaper reports independently, analytically and courageously on controversial topics such as corruption and smuggling. Arsenjevskije Vesti is also a champion of the rights of the individual. In the past, the newspaper's premises have been set on fire and, on several occasions, its computers have been confiscated. The newspaper was nominated by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights House Foundation, Oslo. The prize is EUR 15 000.

In Belarus, Borisovskije Novosti, the dynamic district newspaper and the largest regional newspaper in the country first and foremost presents local news. Despite pressure from the State and persecution, the newspaper provides critical, independent coverage of political issues. The weekly newspaper was nominated by Andrej Dynko, Nasha Niva, Sergej Satsuk, Ejednevnik, Irina Vidanava and Rodger Potocki, Director for Europe and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington, D.C. The prize is EUR 15 000.

The journal Liberali from Tbilisi has very quickly carved out a position as one of the most influential printed media in Georgia. The journal presents relevant political discussions, for example, on changes in voting rights or on the conflict in Abkhazia. The journal was nominated by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights House Foundation, Oslo. The prize is EUR 10 000.

The investigative journalist Shahvalad Chobanoglu, Baku, writes critical columns and revealing articles for opposition newspapers, not least about the links between government and the oligarchy. His journalism is distinguished by thoroughness, professionalism – and irony. Chobanoglu was nominated by Azer Ahmadov, Azadliq and Natiq Gavadli. The prize is EUR 10 000.

The only independent Azerbaijani TV-medium ANTV Online TV, Baku, airs features one cannot see on State-operated TV. Featuring chat fora and blogs in connection with a variety of topics, the medium communicates a realistic picture of Azerbaijan. ANTV was nominated by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights House Foundation, Oslo. The prize is EUR 10 000.

The journalist Edik Baghdasaryan, Jerevan, is the publisher of the Internet newspaper Hetq Online and founder of the NGO Investigative Journalist – both of which are intended to foster independent journalism in Armenia. He writes astutely and matter-of-factly about topics of scientific, political and social relevance. Baghdasaryan was nominated by Marianna Grigoryan. The prize is EUR 10 000.