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IPYS INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR BEST CORRUPTION REPORTING IN LATIN AMERICA

The Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) and Transparency International are calling for entries for their seventh annual Best Investigative Report on Corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2009.

Sponsored by the Open Society Institute, the US$25,000 award is open to print, radio, television or online journalists who exposed significant aspects of a corruption case and raised awareness about its effects in society. Stories must have been published or broadcast in the Latin American or Caribbean media in 2008. Two runners-up will each receive US$5,000.

Last year, first prize was shared by Mabel Rehnfeldt from the Paraguayan daily "ABC Color" and Américo Zambrano from the Peruvian newsmagazine "Caretas". Rehnfeldt was honoured for a story proving that the director of the world's largest dam abused his authority as a public official for self-enrichment, while Zambrano won for his series of articles uncovering strong links between drug trafficking and the Sánchez Paredes family, a powerful player in Peru's political sphere.

"Exposing corruption in Latin America is sometimes the only way to hold the powerful to account. (The) winning entries show how good journalism can lead to justice and why corruption matters for the daily lives of people throughout the region," said Transparency International.

To apply, email premio (@) ipys.org or visit IPYS at: http://www.ipys.org/premio1in.shtml or Transparency International at: http://www.transparency.org/tilac/premio

(28 January 2009)

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