Investigative reporters from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Mexico have won the 2016 Knight International Journalism Award for exposing financial crimes and misconduct at the highest levels.
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington announced on May 17 that the recipients are Sarajevo-based reporter Miranda Patrucic and the investigative team at the Mexican news site Aristegui Noticias.
“These investigative journalists have changed the world by revealing shady deals involving top officials,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan.
The ICFJ says Patrucic of the Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project “helped expose a web of secret companies in offshore havens allegedly designed to hide the wealth of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s family.”
“Her investigation of payments by two European telecom companies to Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s president, led to criminal investigations and a nearly $800 million settlement with one of the telecoms,” it adds.
The winners will be honored in Washington in November.