Info Service on Intellectual Property Issues (Nov17/01)
1 November 2017
Third World Network
“Public Eye Investigation Award”
1968, Public Eye has been fighting injustice originating in Switzerland.
There have been numerous cases ranging from toxic fuels sold in West
Africa, to dodgy drug trials in Egypt, to corruption in Congo’s oil
sector. We unveil the illegitimate and illegal practices of Swiss
companies and their disastrous consequences for the people in those
the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, Public Eye will be awarding
CHF 20,000 to support up to two investigative projects led
by journalists or NGO researchers in countries where people's rights
are being violated by irresponsible companies. This is in recognition
of the fact that their critical eye is essential to denounce these
injustices which are perpetrated on the other side of the world.
The investigation must have a direct link with the activities of
Swiss companies and/or Swiss politics. It must shed new light
on abusive practices in a developing or emerging country –
whether relating to human rights violations, environmental damage,
corruption or illegitimate financial activities– and it must be unpublished.
The report will be published by Public Eye, and may also be disseminated
via other communication channels (to be agreed with Public Eye).
The project is expected to contain a short overview of the project
(one A4 page or 400 words maximum) and a brief introduction of the
persons conducting the investigation. A draft investigative plan and
a costs estimate must also be provided, as these will also help the
jury panel to assess the feasibility of the project. Any other grant
already awarded to the project must be mentioned. Detailed rules on
submission of projects can be found here.
jury (selection panel)
The jury tasked with selecting the shortlisted project(s) is composed
of three Public Eye staff and four external experts.
Criteria for participation
Participation is open to journalists and NGO staff who are investigating
in developing or emerging countries.
deadline to submit projects is 31 January 2018. The names of the shortlisted
projects will be notified on the 23rd of February 2018 the latest.
If you have any questions, please send us an email at email@example.com or call
us on +41 44 277 79 06.
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