Investigative reporting nominees announced ({{commentsTotal}})

A jury of editors and publishers assembled by the Estonian Newspaper Association has released the names of those who will be vying for the country's premier investigative journalism prize. Äripäev and Eesti Päevaleht journalists lead the field in the quest for the Bonnier Prize.

Eesti Päevaleht's Kärt Anvelt was named for articles in January and June on the "doping doctor" Vitali Bernatski. The coverage resulted in hearings before a special committee where the accused athletes pled no contest to the charges. The article also resulted in changes to legislation - use of illegal sports performance enhancers is now a second-degree crime.

Marta Jaakson and Hannes Sarv from Äripäev were picked for a series of articles on the shady practice of using all but fictitious entities to get companies out of debt.

Piret Reiljan and Koit Brinkmann from Äripäev were selected for their September articles on fuel retailer Olerex's role in a claimed swindle. The journalists wrote about how big and respected fuel sellers marketed fuel that had been "laundered" of taxes, thus depriving the state of revenue. It resulted in a public boycott.

The winner, who will get a 40,000 (€4,300) Swedish krona prize, will be announced in late February.

Editor: K. Rikken

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