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Ermin Zatega (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Mubarek Asani (North Macedonia) and Arlis Alikaj (Albania) win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2019

November 1, 2019 CEI Award 2019 disabled comments

The CEI and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) have announced the winners of the “CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2019”: Ermin Zatega (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Mubarek Asani (North Macedonia) in the section “Professional Journalists” and Arlis Alikaj (Albania) in the section “Young Professional Journalists”.

Ermin Zatega
Bosnia and Herzegovina
in the section “Professional Journalists”

Ermin Zatega and Mubarek Asani work at the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The award is meant to recognise their contribution to the investigative journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkan region, especially for the impact that their teamwork stories had on society in a challenging environment. In particular, they have been working on a cross-border environment investigation on the hazardous waste produced by Tuzla chemical companies and which have not been dismantled properly. Their stories have contributed to awareness raising, also at the European level, of the environmental problems in Tuzla affecting the entire region.

Mubarek Asani
North Macedonia
in the section “Professional Journalists”

Arlis Alikaj has been working on a new story dealing with illegal logging in Albania’s biggest national park, Shebenik-Jabllanice, a world heritage site protected by UNESCO. This award is meant to acknowledge his courageous reporting and the importance of the work of young local journalists. During his work, Alikaj had to face many challenges including harassment and threats.

Ermin Zatega, Mubarek Asani and Arlis Alikaj officially received the CEI SEEMO Award on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) taking place in Zagreb, Croatia on 4-5 November 2019.

Arlis Alikaj
in the section “Young Professional Journalists”

A Special Mention was assigned to Jagoda Bastalic from Croatia, for her independent work in investigative journalism and in-depth professional reporting made for the public broadcasting company Croatian Radiotelevision (Hrvatska radiotelevizija – HRT). She addressed an unknown problem in the Obrovac natural area, where an investor had planned to build a waste grit treatment plant in a shipyard which was not treating waste according to the regulations and having catastrophic effects for the environment.

The jury also decided to bestow a special mention to Dina Djordjevic for her contribution, as young journalist working in a team with Vladimir Kostic, in investigating important environmental topics in her country, Serbia, while facing threats and several challenges.

Dina Đordjević

This year the Award had a special focus on environmental issues. 23 nominations, covering 11 countries, have been submitted, confirming the region-wide impact and relevance of the Award.

Independent international jury: Remzi Lani (Albania), Executive Director, Albanian Media Institute; Anna Babinets (Ukraine), editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP); Ivan Cadjenovic (Montenegro), investigative journalist at Vijesti daily; Marina Constantinoiu (Romania), editor at Evenimentul istoric and Evenimentul zilei; Mauro Manzin (Italy), journalist at Il Piccolo daily (GEDI Group); Nadja Podobnik (Slovenia), journalist at Slovenian News Agency STA; Maja Sever (Croatia), journalist at HRT Croatian National Television.

Overall Award coordination: Barbara Fabro (CEI Secretariat) and Oliver Vujovic (SEEMO).

CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

April 3, 2019 CEI Award 2019 disabled comments


Trieste, 3 April 2019 – The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) have opened the Call for Applications 2019 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Award is meant to honour the work carried out by investigative journalists and their contribution to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.

The Award is divided into two categories: 


 (born on or after 1/1/1989)

This year the Award has a special focus on environmental issues.

Applications will be examined by an international jury composed of distinguished journalists and media experts from the region, which may also include winners of previous editions of the Award. The jury will meet In Trieste in July 2019 while the awarding ceremony will take place during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Zagreb, Croatia, on 4-5 November 2019.

Applications shall be submitted by Friday, 31 May 2019 (23:59 CEST).


The Call is open to nationals of the 17 CEI Member States: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Category 1: candidates who have been actively involved in investigative reporting over the last two years and are still active in journalism. Two samples of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation from the jury.

Category 2: candidates who have been actively involved in investigative reporting, even in the context of training activities organised by schools/universities/NGOs and, as a result, should have published at least one investigative story meeting all professional standards. One sample of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation from
the jury.

Print, Radio, TV, news agencies and Internet media are admitted.

Candidates who have been actively engaged in reporting on environmental issues are particularly invited to apply.


Candidates shall fill in the Online Application Form available here:

The following documents in PDF format shall be uploaded:
1. a detailed Curriculum Vitae;
2. a recommendation letter written and signed by trustworthy individuals, journalism and media organisations, media companies, civil society  rganisations, journalism schools or universities, trade unions or other social organisations from the target countries;
3. up to three samples of journalistic work in a single PDF document (minimum two samples in Category 1, one sample in Category 2). For online work samples, insert hyperlinks in a PDF document, or print out online articles in a PDF file. Hyperlinks need to be accessible at least until 31 July 2019. In case of audio/video material, please
upload the files making use of file-sharing services (e.g. WeTransfer or Dropbox) including a script or scenario. Material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a short summary in English.

Applications that do not include all requested documentation will not be considered.


The jury will take into account the relevance of the matters covered by the reports which should have a focus on the target countries as well as the quality of reporting in terms of documentation, data, writing and production. The personal risks taken while performing the duties as well as the impact on society of the messages conveyed will also be evaluated. Special attention will be given to reports having a focus on environmental issues.

For further information:


Central European Initiative (CEI) –
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration and sustainable development through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, international and regional organisations as well as with other public or private institutions and non- overnmental organisations. While acting as a platform for political dialogue, the CEI has developed a strong operational, result-oriented approach to regional cooperation. It combines multilateral diplomacy and fund, programme and project management as both donor and recipient. The CEI, whose Headquarters are located in Trieste, is composed of 17 Member States: 9 EU members (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania,
Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine).

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) –
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from  ewspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies and news media in South East and Central Europe with more than 2600 individual members. With its committees, the SEEMO aims to create a bridge between international media activities and the media developments in the region. One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East and Central Europe. Over 60 percent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results. The SEEMO works in cooperation with the International Institute – International Media Center (II-IMC) and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation