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Honoring the best in investigative journalism: Ukraine’s wins IRE Award

April 3: “Killing Pavel”, a film documenting the murder investigation, jointly conducted by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Slidstvo.Info, a long-standing partner of Internews in Ukraine, has won a prestigious award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, or IRE Award.

The highest honor IRE can bestow for investigative reporting is the IRE Medal. This year, there are two medal winners: “Harassed” (The New York Times) for stories exposing harassment in Hollywood and Ukraine’s “Killing Pavel”, (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Slidstvo.Info, Anna Babinets, Elena Loginova, Vlad Lavrov, Dmytro Gnap, Matt Sarnecki, Ilya Magazanin, Sergiu Brega, Timmi Allen (Bellingcat)).

According to the Award judges, Ukrainian investigative reporters “showed incredible tenacity and courage”.

“Killing Pavel is a riveting story documenting the murder investigation conducted by OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info to uncover who may have been responsible for the death of a colleague. Journalists showed incredible tenacity and courage by canvassing the scene of the crime, tracking down key witnesses, and digitally analyzing surveillance footage to uncover clues that were previously overlooked by police. Nothing could be more in the spirit of IRE,” reads the IRE’s statement.

“Killing Pavel” premiered on the TV program, the centrepiece of the 4-year Strengthening Investigative Reporting in Ukraine project, which was implemented by Internews and funded by Global Affairs Canada.

The awards will be presented at the 2018 IRE Conference in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, June 16.

The annual IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative work and help identify the techniques and resources used to complete each story. Entries are placed in the IRE Resource Center, allowing members to learn from each other. The IRE Awards were established in 1979. The full list of 2017 winners and winners from past years can be found on this page.

In Ukraine, thanks to our partners and donors like the Government of Canada, the US Government and USAID, over the past five years Internews has been supporting nearly all of the high profile investigative journalism projects that exist in the country.

We offer education, networking, capacity development opportunities, and content production support. Together with the Regional Press Development Institute, one of our core partners, we provide legal vetting of the programs to reduce legal risks and support reporters in access to public information to investigate and write safely.

Dmytro Gnap, a renowned Ukrainian journalist, founded investigative reporting agency in 2012

In return, over the past 3.5 years, a TV project jointly produced by four regional centers for investigative journalism, has grown into a genuine nationwide project – 3 national television channels and 17 regional ones broadcast this popular weekly program to an estimated audience of over 14 million viewers.

Nashi Groshi, another award-winning project Internews supports, produced over 40 TV stories investigating corruption, mismanagement and abuse of power.