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The dependence of the public media in South East Europe on the ruling structures is still very strong. Germany could be a model for more social representation, says Hendrik Sittig in a DW interview.
As investigative journalism becomes more dangerous, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) ensures that even a journalist’s death will not kill important stories, says managing editor Ilya Lozovsky.
Project Miroslava reveals new background on a murdered Mexican journalist's investigations into corruption and organized crime — and sends the message that even if a journalist is killed, these stories will not die.
Russian historical and civil rights organization Memorial received the Right Livelihood Award in 2004. 15 years on, Memorial continues to bring cases of human rights violations to the European Court of Human Rights.