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Press Release: The 8th Edition of the Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism Award is Launched !

The 8th Edition of Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism Award
The Norbert Zongo Investigative Prize is an award of excellence to reward the best works of investigative journalism in africa. The Prize is open to all the professional working journalists in Africa or journalists collaborating with the African press.

Stories must be published or broadcast between May 3, 2017 and May 3, 2019

The competition will be in three categories: Newspapers(including the online press), Radio and Television.

Newspapers & online press – send the original and a copy of the story, as well as the link of the story for the online press.

Television – send 2 DVD copies of the story or a file (format of 26mn or 52 mn)

Radio – send 2 audio CDs of the story or a file (format of 26mn or 52 mn)

a declaration of candidature in writing with a complete indication of the identity of the candidate (last name, first names, pseudonym) ;
a certificate of confirmation from the media employer or the media which have published their works
a C.V of the candidate, bearing his photograph
a handwritten and signed declaration authorizing the Norbert Zongo National Press Center to use his/her name, voice, images and the whole of their works in case they win, without any compensation and on all media supports, within the framework of publicity and public relations or information on the Prize.

The deadline for the reception of the candidatures is August 30, 2019

1. The Norbert Zongo Prize for Investigative Journalism
The winner of every category will receive a diploma, a trophy and One Million CFA francs (1.000.000 CFA).

2. First price of any category: the “GOLD SEBGO” 2019
The SEBGO D’OR (pen name Norbert Zongo) is awarded to the best work among the three winners. The laureate will receive an additional sum of one million (1,000,000) CFA francs, a diploma and a trophy symbolizing the “SEBGO D’OR”.


The members will be chosen by the Norbert Zongo National Press Center, among highly skilled professionals of communication, famous defenders of the freedom of the press and human rights who have an established reputation on the African continent.
It will consist of five (05) to seven (07) members

The professionalism of the author (through the respect of deontology) ;
“search for information” strategies ;
Relevance and originality of the covered subject ;
Interest of topic approached (can it be exploited) ;
Evidence of the difficulties encountered by the author (checking the various sources of information for reliability)
The editorial style (concrete, lively and accessible to everyone)

The Norbert Zongo Prize for Investigative Journalism will be awarded during an evening on the occasion of the 8th edition of the International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press – FILEP 2019, scheduled from 25 to 28 September 2019.

NB : The works in French or English can be sent by e-mail to or and originals by regular post.

The steering Committee