Fetisov Journalism Awards 2022

The Fetisov Journalism Awards, which offer the largest prize in journalism in the world today, announced its 2022 winners in Raffles Dubai, UAE.

FJA Awards Ceremony 22.04.2023 – Photo gallery

‘Brilliant, independent and fearless’ – all the winners of the Fetisov Journalism Awards

Outstanding acts of journalism from Europe, Africa and Latin America have scooped the top prizes at this year’s Fetisov Journalism Awards, the world’s richest media prize.

The 12 winners for the 2022 awards shared a fund of more than $500,000 at a gala celebration in Dubai that showcased journalism as a public good through “brilliant, independent and fearless reporting.”

The winners in the four categories, who each receive a first prize of around $100,000, were:

Investigative Journalism: The Mexican team of Kennia Velázquez, Elizabeth Rosales, Nicolás Aranda, Miguel Ángel Cabrera, Juan José Plascencia, Emilio Jiménez, for their report Coca Cola’s token Tactics to influence public health policies a compelling expose of corruption in Mexico.

Environmental Reporting: Ruth Maclean (Senegal) and Caleb Kabanda (Democratic Republic of Congo) for What Do the Protectors of Congo’s Peatlands Get in Return? A riveting report on how communities in the heart of Africa are dealing with environmental crisis.

Contribution to Civil Rights: A report from a courageous team of reporters from Europe who exposed the hidden and shameful evidence of violence against asylum seekers on the borders of the EU.

Contribution to Peace: Nidzara Ahmetasevic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, for Real-life Heroines a stunning and inspiring homage to the remarkable work of women from Srebrenica, place of a notorious massacre, who work tirelessly to help other women both in their own homeland and beyond.

The Fetisov Awards are managed out of Switzerland by an independent charitable foundation set up in 2019 by the family of Gleb Fetisov, the entrepreneur, media producer, scientist and philanthropist.

The winners were chosen from 350 entries submitted by journalists working for news media in 81 countries.

Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists and FJA jury member told the winners and guests: “The awards highlight the role of journalists as watchdogs, peacemakers, guardians of civil rights and promoters of environmental protection. These awards serve journalism as a public good.”

Aidan White, an adviser to the FJA and President of the Ethical Journalism Network added: “This is the best of journalism. This year we have brilliant, independent and fearless reporting that shows how public interest journalism is alive and well around the world.” During the ceremony he delivered a tribute to investigative reporter Mohammed Abouelgheit, a much-acclaimed journalist and previous FJA winner in 2019 and 2021 who died tragically last year at the age of 34.

Gleb Fetisov, opening the event, described the winners as heroes who demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and courage. He praised their achievements at a time when the quality of information is getting lower and is “often immoral, unqualified and biased.”

“True, independent journalism,” he said, is about “maintaining the standards of the profession, cool observation, rationality and courage. It is the courage of the last sane person in times when the world is going mad and drowning in lies.”

He warned that politicians and corporations and the mainstream experts serving them are leading the world to the edge of the abyss and he challenged the idea that the awards need to be sensitive to the political mainstream.

“The award was created for independent minds. It is not in the slightest about politics,” he said. Instead the awards are about conscience, truth and justice. “My mission is to make the award a guiding light for people to follow the path of truth and goodness.”

He was supported by his daughter Alisa who also addressed the ceremony.

The other winners on the night were:

Florian Guckelsberger and Manuel Daubenberger, from Germany, who took second prize in the investigative journalism category for their report The business with bloody cotton and third prize went to Isabella Cota and Adam Williams, for their expose of one of the largest bilateral corruption cases in US-Mexico history.

Second in the environmental journalism category was American journalist Lois Parshley for her report Cold War, Hot Mess which exposed a long-running scandal over the handling of nuclear waste by the US government.

Third prize went to Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar from India for Climate Change Is Stretching Mumbai to Its Limit which exposed how victims of climate change fight for their lives – and can win support when their story is told.

In the civil rights category the second prize was awarded to South Africa’s Daneel Knoetze for his series Above the Lawa powerful report on the shadowy world of policing and wrong-doing in law enforcement which has echoes of the tyranny of apartheid.

In third place was Peter Guest, from the UK, for his sobering series In the Dark — Seven years, 60 countries, 935 internet shutdowns: How authoritarian regimes found an off switch for dissent which revealed documents showing how powerful people and groups clean up their digital past using a reputation laundering firm.

Finally, in the category Contribution to Peace the second prizewinner was the Indian journalist Safina Nabi for How Kashmir’s half-widows are denied their basic property rights a story that describes the everyday lives, dramas and never-ending hopes of more than 1,500 women, many of whom are denied official help and governmental support because of the unclear status of their men.

The third prize went to Austrian reporter Evelyn Schalk for Night falls on Austria for Afghan Astronomer. Chronology of a broken promise which chronicles the poignant and inspiring story of the first Afghan woman astronomer who was denied the support she was promised.

The second prize winners each receive 20,000 Swiss Francs (around $20,000) and those in third place receive 10,000 Swiss Francs (around $10,000)

All of these stories are available by the link in more detail and a film of the awards and more background to the event will be placed on FJA website and social media soon.

The FJA annual e-publication will be released in June 2023.

FJA Awards Ceremony 22.04.2023 – Photo gallery


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“Inspirational”: Winners of Fetisov Journalism Awards, the World’s Richest Media Prize


The Fetisov Journalism Awards announced today are a tribute to “superb journalism in troubled times”. The 12 winners have been chosen from 400 stories submitted from 80 countries and are revealed on Earth Day – highlighting the importance of environmental journalism, one of the four prize categories along with Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Contribution to civil rights and Outstanding Contribution to Peace.

The 12 winning projects included seven team entries and involved a total of 21 journalists.

Aidan White, President of the Ethical Journalism Network and Honorary Advisor to the Fetisov Journalism Awards said:

“The winners of this year’s Fetisov Journalism Awards are chosen in troubled times. And they are superb examples of fact-based journalism that people need to meet these challenges.”

“These winning stories demonstrate why truth-telling journalism is important to all of us. Today we pay tribute to all the winners, and we congratulate them! They have done good work, and they have made a difference to people’s lives.”

“They are an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that ethical and stylish journalism with public purpose remains a lifeblood of democracy.”

The First Prize in the category for Outstanding Investigative Reporting went to the team of authors from France for their stories “Uncovered: The Buried Truth of Assassinated Journalist Regina Martínez”, “Mexican Cartels: ‘The Asian Connection’”, “An Ocean of Guns: Mexico’s Journalists in the Crossfire of the International Arms Trade”, which are a part of the “Cartel Project”. The Second Prize went to Yudhijit Bhattacharjee (US) and Smita Sharma (India) for their investigation “Stolen Lives. The Harrowing Story of Two Girls Sold into Sexual Slavery”. Third Prize was awarded to Zecharias Zelalem (Ethiopia) and Will Brown (Kenya) for their series “African Migrants ‘Left to Die’ in Saudi Arabia’s Hellish Covid Detention Centres”.

The First Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Peace was awarded to Olatunji Ololade (Nigeria) for his story “The Boys Who Swapped Football for Bullets”. The Second Prize went to Haris Rovčanin and Albina Sorguč from Bosnia and Herzegovina for their series of articles: “BIRN Fact-Check: Is the Bosnian Serb Report on the Sarajevo Siege Accurate?”; “Serb Chetniks’ Links to War Criminals and Extremists Uncovered”; “Bosnian Serb Military Police Chiefs Never Charged with Srebrenica Killings”; “28 Years On, Families Still Searching for Missing Bosnian Soldiers”. The Third Prize was awarded to Ali Al Ibrahim (Sweden) and Khalifa Al Khuder (Syria) for their story “Syria’s Sinister Yet Lucrative Trade in Dead Bodies”

The First Prize in the Contribution to Civil Rights category went to Sukanya Shantha (India) for her series “Barred–The Prisons Project”. The Second Prize prize went to Corinne Redfern (Italy) and Ali Ahsan (Bangladesh) for their story “She Was Trafficked into a Giant Brothel. Now She Runs It”. The Third Prize was awarded to Monica Jha (India) for her story “The Testimony”.

The Second Prize in Excellence in Environmental Journalism category was shared between Bhrikuti Rai (Nepal) for her series: “Drawing a Line in the Sand”, “Permit to Plunder: How the Environment is Paying the Price for Nepal Local Governments’ Greed”, “Environment Conservation Takes a Back Seat in the Budget” and the international team of authors Sarah Maslin, Stephan Kueffner and James Tozer (Brazil /Ecuador/UK) for their series “Dispatches from the Amazon Under Pressure”. The Third Prize went to Karla Mendes (Brazil) for her investigation “Déjà Vu as Palm Oil Industry Brings Deforestation, Pollution to Amazon”.

The first prize-winners receive a cash prize of 100,000 CHF. The second and third prizes are 20,000 CHF and 10,000 CHF respectively.

Watch the video presentation on FJA YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/neZdxPqj-U0

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Fetisov Journalism Awards 2020

Fetisov Journalism Awards

On January 22, 2020 the Fetisov Journalism Awards ceremony was held in Lucerne, Switzerland. The event was attended by the leading experts in the field of journalism, finalists of the competition, prominent public figures and the founders of the award – the Fetisov family.

The organizers of the competition set a goal to involve representatives of as many countries as possible regardless of their location, economic and political background.

The mission of the competition is to unite journalists from all over the world into a community of like-minded people who are ready to take investigative journalism to a fundamentally new level.

The Fetisov Journalism Awards were presented for the following categories:

– Outstanding Contribution to Peace

– Contribution to Civil Rights

– Outstanding Investigative Reporting and

– Excellence in Environmental Journalism

Articles published in print media and posted on media websites were submitted for the competition. The organizers of the competition received over 160 entries from journalists from more than 50 countries.

Out of the total number of entries meeting the requirements of the contest, the 33 best articles were selected by the Expert Council of the Awards.  The Expert Council is represented by:



Indonesia Researcher

Human Rights Watch, Indonesia



Co-Founder and Co-Director

Media and Law Studies Association, Turkey



Seniour Contributing Editor and Blogger, ABS-CBN News

Senior Contributor, UCANews, Philippines



Program Director

Press Council BIH, Bosnia and Herzegovina



Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder

Premium Times, Nigeria



Director, PEN Moscow

Editor, Media Group Journalist, Russia




INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, Botswana



Chairman, Moscow Union of Journalists

Editor-in-Chief, “Moskovski Komsomolets”, Russia



Investigative journalist, Author




Chairman of the Foreign Language Film Committee

Hollywood Foreign Press Association, USA



National representative – Communications

UNIFOR, Canada



API – Bureau Member

International Press Association (API)



Founder, President & Executive Director

Media Association for Peace, Lebanon



Kashmir Correspondent

The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, India


The shortlisted group was further evaluated in a juried process, that resulted in the final selection.  The members of the Fetisov Journalism Award Jury are:




Ethical Journalism Network



Executive Director

International Press Institute



Secretary General

Reporters Without Borders



Italian Journalist

Vice-president of the Italian Delegation at PACE



Journalist, Human Rights Defender



Executive Director

Geneva Press Club



Secretary General

South East Europe Media Organization



General Secretary

European Federation of Journalists


Based on the extensive review of the Jury, the following awards were presented:

Outstanding Investigative Journalism

The journalist Diego Cabot (Argentina) for the article “The Notebooks of Corruption” was considered the best work in the category.  Second place went to the team of authors Mathias Destal, Geoffrey Livolsi, Lorenzo Tugnoli, Michel Despratx (France) for the article “Made in France.” The third place was deservedly given to the journalist Roli Shrivastava (India) for the article “Missing wombs: the health scandal enslaving families in rural India”.

Excellence in Environmental Journalism

First place was awarded to the Isaac Anyaogu, Nigeria and Petra Sorge (Germany) for the series “Dying in Instalments”. Second place was awarded to Philip Jacobson (USA) and Tom Johnson (UK) for the article “The Secret Deal to Destroy Paradise.”  The third prize was awarded to Amos Abba (Nigeria) for “How Nestle Nigeria Contaminates Water Supply of its Host Community in Abuja”.

Contribution to Civil Rights

In the category “Contribution to Civil Rights” the only prize was awarded to Katie May (Canada) for the article “Remote Life, Rough Justice”. According to the calculation algorithm, none of the works in this category scored enough points to be awarded first and second places.

Outstanding Contribution to Peace

In the category “Outstanding Contribution to Peace” the first-place winning entry was an article by Mohamed Abo-elgheit (Egypt) “The End User: How Did Western Weapons End up in the Hands of ISIS and AQAP in Yemen”.

The award ceremony was held in the legendary Schweizerhof Palace and Hotel. The host of the evening was Swiss actor Philippe Reinhardt. Swiss politician and scientist Martin Bäumle greeted the guests with the following words:

“We are pleased to welcome the best and the leading experts in the field of journalism in Switzerland. The Fetisov Journalism Awards is no doubt one of the most outstanding events in the recent years. We are all present at a historic moment. As a politician I give a lot of attention to environmental issues and I am glad there is a separate category of the awards for journalists who raise environmental questions and conduct investigations. Together we will make a difference! Good luck!”

The founder of the Fetisov Journalism Awards, Gleb Fetisov also made a welcoming speech.

“The world is at a crossroads. The goals are vague and meanings are lost. Moral values have been thrown on the garbage heap of history. There is a clear separation between the “golden billion” and the rest of the world. The sense of justice is lost somewhere in the gap between the two polarities. The Global Bureaucracy has violated the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and now it triumphs. Politicians, military men along with irresponsible transnational corporations wreak havoc, rattle their guns and destroy the environment promote social disadvantage, war, discrimination and inequality that serve as a building blocks for power abuse and capital increase. Destructive greediness and egoism of the ruling elite threaten to undermine the very foundations of life.

Who will defend us? There is only one estate left – the Fourth Estate – that is still legitimate. This is what we call honest journalism. It is now suffering heavy losses. The list of journalist martyrs grows longer every day. Journalism as a social phenomenon is being squeezed out of public consciousness. Its credibility is undermined by aggressive attacks by politicians, by fake news and by pseudo-journalistic tools.

The Fetisov Journalism Awards have been established with the purpose of strengthening the base of genuine journalism. The project is aimed at recognizing outstanding achievements in the field of journalism. Its goal is support journalists in their mission of promoting human values and reporting on sensitive issues of modern realities.

The Fetisov Journalism Award intends to help the global journalism community take the actions that are not taken by the politicians.  That means dispelling mistrust, bringing to a halt aggression and enmity and disseminating true stories about a diverse, controversial and fascinating world we live in. Journalists provide real knowledge and find moral strength to stand on the side of good.

The competition comprises four very important categories. By covering significant topics journalists make their contribution to solving the most challenging tasks of modern times reflected in these four categories:

– Outstanding Contribution to Peace

– Contribution to Civil Rights

– Outstanding Investigative Reporting and

– Excellence in Environmental Journalism

An unprecedented financial prize is intended to unite journalists around the world who are willing to raise journalism to an entirely new level and meet the demands of the modern day reality.

Support for such integration is the primary mission of our initiative”.


Secretary General of the European Federation of Journalists Ricardo Gutierrez gave a speech.

“It is a real pleasure and an honor for me to attend this award ceremony. I really feel grateful.

As General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, I am used to deal with grim and sad issues: killed journalists, journalist facing harassment, fired journalists, journalists under pressure from politicians, businessmen, public officials, the police, the judiciary, organized crime…  And sometimes from citizens, blaming us for sharing so-called “fake news”, for not doing the job in a proper way.

I am always impressed by journalists’ ability to resist those threats.

I believe in the power of journalism. But journalism nowadays is at risk.

Europe is not the worst place for journalists worldwide. Bur let me raise some facts: in the last 5 years in Europe, we registered 26 killings of journalists. 26!

We have right now in Europe over 120 journalists and editors in prison. In Turkey, in Azerbaijan, in Russia, in the United Kingdom (Julian Assange is facing arbitrary detention and psychological torture in the UK since April 2019).

Every single day journalists are detained for dubious reasons. Yesterday, Phil Jacobson, award-winning editor for the science news outlet Mongabay, who was supposed to attend this ceremony, has been arrested in Indonesia. Arrested for an alleged visa violation. A shameful arbitrary detention for administrative reasons!

As journalists, we need support. More than ever before. And that’s why I am so grateful, ladies and gentlemen.”


This award is not just about rewarding outstanding journalists with major monetary awards. It is much more than that.

The real achievement is to promote professional journalism, ethical and committed journalism, as a way to transform the world in a better world, as a way to improve citizens’ conditions, as a way to allow them to acсess reliable information, as a way to strengthen the role of journalists in protecting democracy and the rule of law.

The prize winners were awarded the largest prize in the history of journalism (1st place – CHF 100,000, 2nd place – CHF 20,000, third place – CHF 10,000), as well as diplomas and commemorative gifts. The money prize awarded to the winners is unparalleled in its size in history.

The award ceremony ended with a festive dinner and a concert by 10 time Grammy Award winner and one of the greatest jazz players of our time, Arturo Sandoval.

The Fetisov Journalism Awards will be held annually.


January 22nd, 2020

Lucerne, Switzerland


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Martin Bäumle, Swiss politician and scientist

Philippe Reinhardt, master of ceremonies (styled by Jelmoli Personal Styling Service with Léa Vendrami)


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Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists

Philippe Reinhardt, master of ceremonies (styled by Jelmoli Personal Styling Service with Léa Vendrami)


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Roli Srivastava (India), third prize winner in the category “Outstanding Investigative Reporting”


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Mathias Destal, Geoffrey Livolsi (France), second prize winners in the category “Outstanding Investigative Reporting”


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Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General of the South East Europe Media Organization

Diego Cabot (Argentina), first prize winner in the category “Outstanding Investigative Reporting”


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Amos Abba (Nigeria), third prize winner in the category “Excellence in Environmental Journalism”


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Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director of the International Press Institute

Tom Johnson (UK), second prize winner in the category “Excellence in Environmental Journalism”


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Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director of the International Press Institute

Isaac Anyaogu, first prize winner in the category “Excellence in Environmental Journalism”


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Katie May (Canada), third prize winner in the category “Contribution to Civil Rights”

Philippe Reinhardt, master of ceremonies (styled by Jelmoli Personal Styling Service with Léa Vendrami)


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Mohamed Abo-elgheit (Egypt), first prize winner in the category “Outstanding Contribution to Peace”

Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists


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Gleb Fetisov and prize winners of the Fetisov Journalism Awards 2019



Arturo Sandoval, jazzman (10 time Grammy Award winner)


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