They fight for the truth, for transparency, for freedom of speech. They want to inform, bring facts to light and empower people to take free decisions. Journalists are the heroes of democratic societies.
The #AllForJan Award recognizes best media coverage, exceptional and courageous reporting with a great impact on society and innovative ways of bringing the story to the public. The award is named after the global #AllForJan movement, which was established after the murder of Ján Kuciak, the young Slovak investigative journalist killed in 2018, to honor his work and legacy.
The #AllForJan Award was presented for the first time at the Press Freedom Conference 2020 in Gdańsk.
Who is eligible?
Any journalist or team of journalists providing independent reporting who work for any media organization, investigative center or are freelance based in Central and Eastern European countries.
Print, TV, radio and internet media stories of investigative nature published between January 1 and December 30, 2020 are admitted.
Eligible journalistic works are allowed to be nominated by third parties as well.
What is the value of the award?
The award will be accompanied by a check worth EUR 10,000.
How to submit a nomination?
All eligible journalists or teams of journalists, conducting independent reporting and based in Central and Eastern European countries, can apply in English via the form below (please be informed that the attached journalistic material must also be in English). An application can be placed on behalf of the applicant by a third party. N. B. The application deadline of this edition passed on January 31, 2021. Read about the winner here.
What is the judging process?
Selected media professionals and respected personalities will shortlist the entries and finally select one award winner. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the whole decision process will take place online. The award winner will be announced at the Media For Freedom Summit (previously Press Freedom Conference) on February 25, 2021.
Peter Bárdy has been Editor-in-Chief of Aktuality.sk, as well as a columnist for the website, for more than 10 years. Aktuality.sk is one of most popular and respected news portals in Slovakia. Peter has been involved in the media business for more than 20 years; he started working as a journalist for the Žilinský večerník paper, than he worked for the Nový Čas daily. First he specialized in crime and the Slovak Mafia, later focusing on politics.
Lech Wałęsa is a Polish elder statesman and former union organizer who served as the first democratically elected President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. He used to be the leader of Solidarity (NSZZ Solidarność), one of the first oppositional and freedom-oriented social movements in the communist bloc, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. Photo: Lars Møller
Věra Jourová is a Czech politician and lawyer who has been the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency since December 1, 2019. She previously served as the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality from 2014 to 2019. She has also served as the Czech Minister for Regional Development and Member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP) between 2013 and 2014.
Mark Dekan is responsible for the CEE Joint Venture of Axel Springer and Ringier. In addition he holds the position of CEO Ringier Axel Springer Polska. Mark has extensive experience in media business, including the traditional and digital media, as well as in management of large and diverse organizations.
Iveta Radičová is a sociologist by profession and holds the title of Professor. She served as the first woman Prime Minister of Slovakia from 2010 to 2012, she also briefly held the posts of Minister of Defence and Minister of Labour. She is an expert on the social policy in European projects aimed at the coordination of social security systems. She currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Media at the Pan-European University in Bratislava.
In N2010, he became Vice-President of the European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA), Brussels – after serving as its President for four years, the maximum term allowed under the organization’s statute. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of the Executive Board and President of the Association of Newspaper Publishers of Southwest Germany, based in Stuttgart.