On World Press Freedom Day, a Development Journalism Prize is Launched

The European Commission will mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day (May 3) as it has in the past few years - by soliciting entries for the annual Lorenzo Natali Prize for development journalism. The commission is partnering anew with Reporters Without Borders and the World Association of Newspapers for the award.

This year, the commission expects to give the award, with prizes totaling 60,000 euros (nearly USD80,000), to 17 journalists from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.  

The commission has been giving out the Natali Prize for the “best journalism on development, democracy and human rights” since 1992. Interested journalists have until Aug. 31 to apply. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Brussels in December, in the presence of European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs.

About the author

  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.