SCOOP wins third prize “Nikola Mladenov” for investigative journalism

The team of investigative journalists of BIRN Macedonia won the first prize in the annual competition of MIM for journalism award “Nikola Mladenov” for best investigative story. The winning story on “Skopje 2014 under scrutiny” was awarded for the series of articles and interactive on-line database that disclose public spending for the controversial project “Skopje 2014”.

Journalist Biljana Nikolovska won the second prize for the documentary “When the health system kills a child”, aired by TV Telma, which is a film version of the series of TV stories about the case of little Tamara Dimovska, the girl with scoliosis who died waiting for institutions to approve treatment abroad.

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The third prize was shared by journalist Xhelal Neziri from SCOOP Macedonia for the story “In the toxic kingdom of Jugohrom” and journalists Goran Rizaov, Saska Cvetkovska and Borjan Jovanovski for the series of articles on “Telecom affair”, published on the website NovaTV.

This year’s jury decided to award honorable mentions for outstanding journalistic engagement to journalists Saska Cvetkovska and Vlado Apostolov for the story “Russian Samsonenko in the story – Invest in Macedonia via Belize”, Petar Klincharski for the story titled “Purchase of Chinese palm trees in Macedonia” published in the show “CODE” on TV Telma and to Suzana Miceva for the series of TV stories on “Migrant ordeal in Macedonia”, published on Telma.

This year for the 15th jubilee time MIM granted the award for best investigative story of the year as part of its efforts to promote professional journalism and democratic values in the country.

A detailed report of the commission that reviewed the stories is available here.

Links to the winning stories:

  1. Skopje 2014 under scrutiny(database)
    A series of articles about Skopje 2014
  2. Documentary “When the health system kills a child”
  3. In the toxic kingdom of Jugohrom
    A series of articles about “Telecom affair”:
    Evidence for “Telecom under prosecution’s carpet”
    Investigation “Telecom”: The dividend suspected to serve as a bribe
    Investigation “Telecom”: The agreement with Analitiko as “respect” for VMRO-DPMNE
    US prosecutor brings charges according to Bogoevski’s testimony
    Beginning of the end – destruction of evidence in the case Telecom
    Where did the remaining 20 million Euros of Telecom affair end?
    The authorities have ignored the requests for witnesses in Telecom affair
    Telecom affair: Witnesses reveal secrets
    Telecom affair: “Abnormal situation requires abnormal discretion”

Honorable mention:
Samsonenko in the story – Invest in Macedonia via Belize
Purchase of Chinese palm trees in Macedonia
“Migrant ordeal in Macedonia”