EUROPEAN COMMISSION – DG DEVELOPMENT
LORENZO NATALI PRIZE
A Prize for journalists reporting on Human Rights
Lorenzo Natali and the European Comission
“The Natali Prize for journalism is a prize for excellence
in reporting on human rights and democracy in the developing
world. It was created in 1992 by the European Union to promote
quality in journalism and to commemorate the devotion of
Lorenzo Natali, the former Vice-President of the European
Commission in charge of development cooperation between
1985 and 1989. His work and commitment contributed significantly
to increase the importance of development cooperation within
the policies of the then European Communities.
The Natali Prize emphasizes that the right to information
is a prerequisite for freedom of expression. Freedom of
information is a prerequisite for democracy, and for sustainable
and balanced social and economic development.
Quality journalism plays an important part in defending
the right for information. Being a journalist today
remains difficult and also dangerous in many countries.
Journalists are still threatened and attacked when they
expose situations where human rights and democracy are threatened.
Therefore, quality journalism on such issues is essential
and needs our firm support.
The Natali Prize, given by the European Commission is a
token of our belief in good journalist practice as a guardian
of democracy and human rights. The winners of the Natali
Prize will give proof of their professional courage and
Through the Natali Prize, all participating journalists
will have the opportunity to contribute to our belief in
the importance of freedom of information for the safeguard
of human rights and the promotion of democracy and sustainable
Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development
and Humanitarian Aid
LorenzoNataliPrize for Journalism
For journalists reporting on human
rights and democracy in developing countries
The Lorenzo Natali Prize:
Established by the European Commissionin 1991, the Lorenzo
Natali Prize for Journalism is awarded annually to journalists
from the written and on-line press for outstanding reporting
on human rights and democracy in the developing world as
vital elements of the economic and social development in
In 2005, the European Commission will award a prize in
each of the following five regions: Europe (EU Member States,
states of central and eastern Europe and Mediterranean states),
Africa, the Arab world, Iran and Israel, Asia and the Pacific,
Latin America and the Caribbean.
All prize nominees will be special guests of the European
Commission at the Lorenzo Natali Prize-Giving ceremony in
Brussels in January 2006. Each prizewinner will recfeive
a Trophy and a financial award according to the following
1st prize : 5.000 €
2nd prize: 2.500 €
3rd prize: 1.500 €
Additionally, a Grand Prize will be awarded for the best
The GRAND PRIZE will receive 5,000 € more.
The Lorenzo Natali Prize is open to print and on-line
journalists employed by the local media in the five
regions listed in the rules here beneath. Eligible journalists
should have written reports, which focus on human rights
or democracy in the developing world. Each applicant or
group of applicants is allowed to submit ONE article (or
an extract of a series of articles on ONE subject), published
between 1 January 2004 and 31 August 2005.
How to enter?
It is easy to enter. You only need to fill in the application
form which can be downloaded at the following website www.nataliprize.info,
along with an electronic version of your article.
Before submitting, please read carefully the Prize rules
There is no entry fee. The application may also be submitted
fax: +33 1 3429 4477
or address: ProPager – Prix Lorenzo Natali
70, boulevard de Reuilly
– 75012 Paris – France
The deadline for entries is 31 October 2005
1. Print and/or on-line journalists employed
by the local media In the regions outlined in rule 12 are
invited to submit an application (individually OR in
2. Applicants can only enter once (individually
OR in a group).
3. Applicants must submit ONE article or an extract
of a series of article on ONE subject, which addresses human
rights and/or democracy in the developing world. Applicants
submitting more than ONE article or extract of a series
of articles will be disqualified.
4. The article or the extract of a series of articles
submitted must not be longer than 10,000 signs (about 5
pages with spaces).
5. The article of the extract of a series of articles
must have been published in print and/or on-line general
news media and distributed to the general public between
1 January 2004 and 31 August 2005.
6. The article or the extract of a series of articles
must be submitted in one of the 20 official languages of
the European Union, along with a summary in English, French
of Spanish. This summary should be carefully written
since it will serve as the basis for the pre-selection by
a journalism school, which will only present 10 articles
per region to the Grand Jury (10 lines or 600 signs
maximum length, with spaces and double spacing)
7. Each selected applicant must furnish:
- either the original article along with the written
consent of the author
- or the copy of the article with the written consent
of the chief editor or of a professional body.
8. Print journalists must submit an original copy
or a high quality photocopy of the original article
or extract of a series of articles. On-line journalists
are required to send a copy of the published article in
HTML format by e-mail or on a floppy disk or a CD-ROM, or
an URL that can be viewed unaltered for judging from October
to December 2005.
9. The name of the author and the date of publication
should be clearly indicated on all articles (print and on-line)
submitted. (Note that no articles submitted to the Natali
Prize will be returned).
10.Each entry must come with an entry form, which
is available at the Lorenzo Natali Prize website, the European
Commission Delegations or ProPagera.
11. An independent jury made up of media, development
and human rights professionals will examine the 50 pre-selected
articles and suggest a list of prize winners to the European
12. The European Commission will award the Lorenzo
Natali Prizes on the basis of a proposal from the jury.
Three Prizes will be awarded in each of the following five
• Europe (EU Member States, states of central and
eastern Europe and Mediterranean
• The Arab World,
• Asia and the Pacific
• Latin America and the Caribbean
13. The jury will consider:
• the quality of professionalism and journalistic
standards applied in the preparation and dissemination of
• the exemplary nature of the article and its impact
on and relevance to public opinion.
The Grand Jury may decide not to recommend a Prize if the
criteria listed here above is not reunited.
14. The decision of the jury and the European Commission
shall be final.
15. Each winner will receive a Trophy and a Financial
Award according to the following distribution:
1st prize : 5.000 €
2nd prize: 2.500 €
3rd prize: 1.500 €
Additionally, a Grand Prize will be awarded
for the best article.
The Grand Prize will receive 5.000 € more.
16. The European Commission has the right to reproduce
and disseminate the work submitted in its publications and
publicity material for the Lorenzo Natali Prize.
17. Articles written by current members of staff
of the European Community institutions or ProPager will
not be considered for the Lorenzo Natali Prize.
18. The deadline for entries is 31