We are proud to present the shortlist of the European Press Prize 2019! The European Press Prize celebrates the highest achievements in European journalism. Hundreds of journalists from all across Europe have sent in their best work, and the preparatory committee has selected 23 groundbreaking, heartbreaking, innovative and inspiring stories for the shortlist. From Moldova to Spain, from Ireland to Italyjournalists from 17 different countries have been nominated this year.

As a founding partner of The European Press Prize, De Balie is really excited to see so many European stories getting the recognition they deserve!

Director Thomas van Neerbos: “This is one of my highlights every year – an opportunity to educate myself with quality news and learn from people from across the continent. Our shortlist represents the best journalism Europe has to offer. A big thanks to our preparatory committee for reading the hundreds of articles and selecting the very best. This shortlist is a tribute to all journalists creating quality under trying circumstances.”

All shortlisted articles will be published in English here before May 23. To receive the stories in your inbox, sign up to the European Press Prize newsletter here.


The Shortlist

This is the shortlist for the European Press Prize 2019. The winners will be announced on May 23rd at Gazeta Wyborcza in Warsaw. Learn more about the prize here.

Distinguished Reporting
● ‘56 days’ – Katrin Kuntz, Marian Blasberg, Christoph Scheuermann, Der Spiegel (Germany)
● ‘Gaza. It’s time for change’ – Francesca Borri, Yedioth Ahronoth (Israel) & La Repubblica (Italy)
● ‘If We Were Roma, We Would Not Come Back from Britain’ – Denisa Gdovinová & Filip Olsovsky, .týždeň (Slovakia)
● ‘I’m going for an HIV’ – Ekaterina Fomina, Novaya Gazeta (Russia)
● ‘Prisoners of the 4th floor’ – Ewa Wołkanowska-Kołodziej, Pismo. Magazyn Opinii (Poland)
● ‘Viktor Orbán’s reckless football obsession’ – Dan Nolan & David Goldblatt, The Guardian (UK)

● ‘The Drums of Democracy’ – Cătălina Dumbrăveanu, Ramin Mazur, John Donica, Victoria Colesnic & Edges of Europe team, Are We Europe (International) & 360 Magazine (Netherlands)
● ‘Elections clouds cleared: which party, which candidate says what?’ – Efe Kerem Sözeri, P24 (Turkey)
● ‘Endgame’ – Maximilian Popp in Der Spiegel, Germany & The Black Sea, Romania
● ‘Forbidden Stories’ – Laurent Richard & Freedom of Voices Network, forbiddenstories.org (International)
● ‘Palmyra, the other side’ – Guillermo Abril & Carlos Spottorno, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin (Germany) & El País Semanal (Spain)
● ‘Radmesser’ – Michael Gegg, Fabian Altenried, Martin Baaske, Andreas Baum, Hans Hack, Jakob Kluge, Hendrik Lehmann, David Meidinger, Hannes Soltau, Helena Wittlich, Der Tagesspiegel (Germany)

Investigative Reporting
● ‘The Brotherhood of Killers and Cops’ – Roman Anin, Novaya Gazeta (Russia)
● ‘Money laundering at Danske Bank’ – Eva Jung, Simon Bendtsen & Michael Lund, Berlingske (Denmark)
● ‘Myanmar Burning’ – Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, Simon Lewis, Antoni Slodkowski, Reuters (International)
● ‘Propaganda War in Europe: The Far-Right Media’ – Nina Horaczek, Falter (Austria)
● ‘Unmasking the Salisbury Poisoning Suspects’ – Christo Grozev, Roman Dobrokhotov, Daniel Romein, Bellingcat (UK)
● ‘Windrush Scandal’ – Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian (UK)

● ‘The end of Atlanticism: has Trump killed the ideology that won the cold war?’ – Madeleine Schwartz, The Guardian (UK)
● ‘Let’s continue talking about murder, not Fico’s media tyranny’ – Beata Balogova, SME (Slovakia)
● ‘Someone I wish I hadn’t known’ – Vera Mulder, De Correspondent (Netherlands)
● Trial runs for fascism are in full flow’ – Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times (Ireland)
● ‘Use article 7 against my country’ – Radu Dumitrescu, The New Federalist (Romania)