Meet the Romanian Journalist Who Uncovered a 1 Billion Euro Fraud

How local press makes global history

23 June 2023

Below we are publishing a speech by Andreea Pavel, co-founder of Info Sud-Est, a local press outlet in Constanța, Romania. She is the winner of the Ion Rațiu Prize for Journalism 2023 for her work which “includes investigations regarding corruption cases, articles regarding social problems and cultural heritage, and also for her professionalism and effort of recruiting and training young journalists”. It offers a rare insight and inspiration for how a new generation of journalists in CEE engages with passion, humour and critical self-reflection on the condition of journalism.

“Among other investigations signed by the 2023 winner, the nomination committee has considered her investigation series regarding the 1 billion euro amount granted by the European Union with the purpose of fighting poverty and supporting the development of the Tulcea region and of the Danube Delta. These articles were followed by a European Public Prosecutor’s Office investigation into the fraud,” stated the jury of the award.

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The Ion Rațiu Journalism Award was established in 2015, inspired by the example of Ion Rațiu, who, upon his return to Romania after 50 years in exile, fought for the freedom of the press.

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Andreea Pavel

Andreea Pavel, co-founder of Info Sud-Est, a local press outlet in Constanța, Romania. She won the Ion Rațiu Prize for Journalism 2023 for her work which “includes investigations regarding corruption cases, articles regarding social problems and cultural heritage, and also for her professionalism and effort of recruiting and training young journalists.”

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