Brazilian investigative journalism group Abraji wins press freedom award

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  • August 22, 2012

Por Isabela Fraga

The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese) won the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ in Portuguese) Prize for Press Freedom on Monday, Aug. 20, reported Ancelmo Gois in his column for the newspaper O Globo. The prize was awarded during the 9th Brazilian Congress of Newspapers in the city of São Paulo.

Journalist for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo and Abraji Director Fernando Rodrigues, upon accepting the award, said, "Investigative journalism is synonymous with courageous journalism, with insight and well organized information that's useful for readers," reported the newspaper Gazeta do Povo.

Created after the death of journalist Tim Lopes, who was killed in a Rio de Janeiro slum while investigating a story, Abraji is the fifth winner of the ANJ prize. The Argentine newspaper Clarín won the prize in 2011, according to the ANJ website.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.