Adrian Mogos from Romania wins CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2010

We are very happy to announce that Adrian Mogos, a graduate of ERSTE Foundation’s 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, won this prize.

A total of 24 nominations from 11 member states of the Central European Initiative (CEI) were examined. The main criteria taken into account by the jury were the personal risks taken while performing the duty, the quality of reporting and the impact on society of the messages conveyed. It was unanimously decided that Adrian Mogos is the winner of the CEI SEEMO (South East Europe Media Organisation) Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2010. Mogos was awarded the prize with particular regard to two of his publications:

•  Forged Identity – Highway to EU  Adrian Mogos wrote this story during his Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, which is funded by ERSTE Foundation. The story was published in mid-October 2009 in the Romanian daily Jurnalul National, an English version was published online on Balkan Insight.

Source: Forged Identity – Highway to EU.

•  The Fields of Terror – the New Slave Trade in the Heart of Europe, a joint production of Romanian, Moldavian and Ukrainian journalists under Adrian Mogos’ coordination. The story was published in December 2009.

Beside the main prize, the jury decided to award in 2010 a special mention to Iryna Khalip from Belarus and Lydia Pavlova from Bulgaria for their valuable contribution to investigative journalism in their countries.

Adrian Mogos was born in 1974 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Currently, he works for the Romanian daily Jurnalul National. He is member of the executive committee of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism. Mogos has published plenty of investigative reports on Romanian media, and also worked on several regional investigative projects.

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