Two investigations carried out by our colleagues won the first and the third places in a competition organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (Germany) and the Independent Press Association.
ZdG author Anatolie Eșanu took the third place to investigate the “The Portrait of a Head of National Penitentiary Administration.” ZdG revealed that Serghei Demcenco, deputy director of the National Administration of Penitentiaries, has lived for many years in an undeclared luxury house in midtown Chișinău. Starting with 2014, Serghei Demcenco declares alleged donations from relatives amounting to 60,000 euros.
The first prize went to our colleague Victor Moșneag for the “All the President’s Men” investigation, which follows family members or university colleagues of Igor Dodon and his wife, Galina Dodon. The presidential entourage developed businesses and big fortunes for the presidential couple’s benefits.
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The contest is in its third edition, the best journalistic investigations being awarded in 2018 and 2019. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate investigative journalists’ merits in Moldova to fight against corruption and other crimes.