15 May 2015

In May 2015, journalists who have won the First AIP Competition for Journalistic Investigations finished their work. All articles are available in section Investigations in Bulgarian: http://www.ati-journalists.net/bg/investigations/Razsledvania/205492/.


With the purpose to further support investigative journalism for enhancing government accountability, integrity and transparency, at the end of 2014, AIP announced a call for proposals for journalistic investigations on topics of high public interest. Among the requirements was that the investigations are done with the help of the Access to Public Information Act.


The first call resulted in 22 applications. A jury of seven renowned public figures assessed the journalistic proposals on the base of developed assessment criteria.


Within January to April 2015, nine awarded journalists from national and regional media prepared and published articles, series of articles, and a book in national and regional media, blogs, social media and on AIP specialized web site Access to Information and Journalistic Investigations: www.ati-journalists.net. The publications were based on information obtained using the APIA and public registers with the core help of the AIP legal team. The significance of the investigations was proven by dozens of reprints and thousands of readers.


The investigations encompassed the following topics of high public interest:

The journalistic investigations were supported within the project Civil Center for Support of Transparency in Public Life supported by a grant from the America for Bulgaria Foundation).