The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism – call for submission of entries

  • Annual Prize to reward outstanding journalism that promotes or defends core EU values
  • Winner chosen by independent jury composed of press and civil society representatives
  • €20 000 to be awarded in prize money
  • Award ceremony mid-October coinciding with the anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

On 22 June, the European Parliament officially launched the website and the call for submissions for entries to the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism.

The Prize will reward on a yearly basis outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights.

The Prize is open to professional journalists and teams of professional journalists of any nationality to submit in-depth pieces that have been published or broadcast by media based in one of the 27 European Union member states. The aim is to support and highlight the importance of professional journalism in safeguarding freedom, equality and opportunity.

An independent jury composed of representatives of the press and civil society from the 27 European member states and representatives of the main European Associations of Journalism will choose the winning entry. The award ceremony will take place each year around the 16th of October, the date Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated. In 2021, the award ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 October at the European Parliament.

The prize and the €20 000 prize money demonstrates the European Parliament’s strong support for investigative journalism and the importance of free press. In a resolution adopted in May 2018, MEPs called on EU countries to ensure adequate public funding and to promote a pluralist, independent and free media.

Journalists can submit their article(s) online only at

Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia?

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese journalist, blogger and anti-corruption activist who reported extensively on corruption, money laundering, organised crime, sale of citizenship and the Maltese government’s links to the Panama Papers. Following harassment and threats, she was murdered in a car bomb explosion on 16 October 2017. The outcry over the authorities’ handling of her murder investigation ultimately prompted the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Critical of failings in the investigation, in December 2019, MEPs called on the European Commission to take action.