May 3, 2023
The EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Türkiye aim to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of investigative journalists as well as improve the visibility of quality journalism in these countries.

The awards are a continuation of the ongoing regional EU Investigative Journalism Award and are part of the project “Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey” (2018-2022), funded by the European Union which second phase started in January 2023.

They celebrate and award stories related to freedom of expression, rule of law, transparency, abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime from all Western Balkan Countries and Türkiye.

The jury for the EU Award comprises media experts. Some are from the project consortia. Others are drawn from the extensive network projects that the consortium have, such as editors, academics and journalists with merits.

In the call published in 2019 the following stories published in 2018 were awarded:


  • 1st prize, Esmeralda Keta and Elisa Gjerani, “Premature Baby Deaths Rise in Albania’s Cash-Starved Hospitals”
  • 2nd prize, Endrit Habilaj, “The Destruction of Valbona”
  • 3rd prize, Ola Mitre, “The Hidden Costs of Free Cardio Surgeries in Private Hospitals”

Bosnia and Hercegovina

  • 1st prize, Amarildo Gutić, “The State against David”
  • 2nd prize, Semir Mujkic, “Corruption in Public Procurements”
  • 3rd prize, Renata Radic Dragic and Mubarek Asani, “Veterans against Veterans”


  • 1st prize, Saranda Ramaj, “Warehouse of Pharmaceutical Abuse”
  • 2nd prize, Serbeze Haxhiaj, “Kosovo’s Political Murders: Unpunished, Not Forgotten”
  • 3rd prize, Ardiana Mehmeti, “Exploitation in Telecom”


  • 1st prize, Jovan Nikitović, Extensive investigation into one of the biggest cases of cultural negligence in the country
  • 2nd prize, Maja Boričić, “Medical Waste in Montenegro – A lurking menace”
  • 3rd prize, Dejan Milovac and Lazar Grdinić, “Citizens’ donations, or black-funds”

North Macedonia

  • 1st prize, Snezhana Lupevska Sozen, Miomir Serafinovic and Biljana Nikolovska, “Citizens Identity Theft for Criminal Purposes”
  • 2nd prize, Saska Cvetkovska, “The Secret Players Behind Macedonia`s Fake News Sites”
  • 3rd prize, Kristina Ozimac and Vasko Magleshov, “Scandalous Amounts for MPs’ Travel Expenses”


  • 1st prize, Stevan Dojcinovic and Dragana Peco, “How Serbia`s Health Minister Helped a Criminal Avoid Trial”
  • 2nd prize, Vladimir Kostic and Dina Djordjevic, “Small Hydroelectric Power Plants: the State and Companies Connected to Vucic’s Best Man Profit Most”, and, “From Nigerian Scheme to Clandestine EPS Procurement Worth Millions”.
  • 3rd prize, Milos Stanic, “Toxic Taps: Arsenic in Water Stirs Cancer Fears”


  • 1st prize, Hazal Ocak, “Emsalsiz İhanet“ (Unprecedented Betrayal)”
  • 2nd prize, Dinçer Gökçe “Türkiye’nin Utanç Listesi” (Turkey’s List of Shame) parts 1 & 2
  • 3rd prize, Fevzi Kızılkoyun “20. Katın Sırrı / Otopsiden Çıkan Gerçek” (Secret of the 20th Floor/Truth Revealed by Autopsy)