Bucharest, November 3, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Irina Stoica
Albanian journalist Aleksandra Bogdani won the big prize for Investigative Journalism awarded by The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
Aleksandra’s merits were recognized in the “Professional Journalists” while Ukrainian reporter Nadia Burdey won the “Young Professional Journalists” section, according to press release by CEI and SEEMO.
Aleksandra Bogdani is an investigative journalist and editor at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Albania. According to the international jury of the competition, she has been awarded “for her overall professional achievements as an intrepid reporter covering complex stories of human trafficking, organised crime and child abuse, corruption and national security.
With more than a decade of experience working as a reporter, editor and deputy editor in chief in different media outlets in Albania, including the dailies Mapo, Shekulli and Top News TV, Bogdani has particularly impressed the jury by the courage shown as a woman producing an in-depth series of six investigations on the network of recruiters who send hundreds of Albanian muslims off to fight in the Syrian civil war as jihadists for the Islam State of Iraq and Levant, ISIS and the al-Nusra front”.
Bogdani and Burdey will officially receive their awards offered by the CEI (4,000 EUR and 1,000 EUR respectively) on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) to be held in Bucharest, Romania on 5-6 November 2015.
A Special Mention has been assigned to the Montenegrin reporters Mirko Boskovic (RTCG) as well as to Vlado Otasevic and Ana Komatina (CIJ Montenegro) for contributing to the advancement of investigative journalism in their country.
Twenty five nominations, covering eight countries, have been submitted this year.