The award was established in 2007 as an award for investigative journalism in a developing country or a country in transition, which was reported under threat, duress or in the direst of conditions.
The criteria was that the journalist, journalism team and/or media outlet has provided independent, investigative reporting, which
– Uncovered an issue, a wrong-doing and/or a system of corruption which gravely affected the common good, and
– Did so in the face of arrest, imprisonment, violence against them and their families, and/or threats and intimidation
The winner was The Poverty ’empire’ of the presidential family, conducted by a cross-border group of journalists that exposed how the former president of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin, abused his power for personal financial gain.