The 8th Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism are to be announced next week at a glittering event honouring the tenacious reporters who expose injustices in society.
The awards ceremony, honouring investigative journalists for their sterling work in 2013, will take place at the Rand Club in the Johannesburg CBD on Friday, 11 April 2014.
A top prize of R200 000 awaits the winning entry, for which entries have been received from both print and broadcast media in South Africa.
This year's guest speaker at the ceremony will be Anabel Hernández, recipient of the Golden Pen of Freedom, for her commitment and dedication to investigative reporting that revealed corruption at the highest levels of Mexican society and has placed her life in danger. Hernández, writer of the book: 'Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers', also writes for several daily newspapers in Mexico.
"The standard, range and depth of this year's entries surpasses what I have seen before for these awards and fits our guidelines for a distinguished example of investigative reporting," says Professor Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies.
The Taco Kuiper Awards, hosted by the Wits Department of Journalism, are funded by The Valley Trust. Taco Kuiper was a highly successful South African publisher who left a significant part of his estate to the promotion of investigative journalism.
As a business journalist and publisher, Kuiper knew that exposing matters of public concern which those scrutinised would not want to see disclosed, was an enterprise. As he himself did not shy away from taking on public institutions and profiteers of apartheid policy, he thought it important to foster and reward investigative journalism in South Africa. It was for this reason that Kuiper, shortly before his death in September 2004, set up a fund for investigative journalism within The Valley Trust. The trust has partnered with the Wits Journalism Programme to administer the Taco Kuiper Award and Fund.
For more information about the Taco Kuiper Award and Taco Kuiper grants for investigative journalism projects, visit www.journalism.co.za/tacokuiper.