Independence is a central pillar of the IJ4EU fund. No donor is permitted to exert influence over the selection of grantees or their work. That’s why independent juries award all our grants. An independent jury also selects winners of the IJ4EU Impact Award. 

Juries are made up of individuals with a deep understanding of the global challenges facing independent journalism, particularly in Europe, including practising journalists, senior editors, media lawyers, academics and other relevant experts.

All jury members must commit to the highest ethical and professional standards. They must declare any possible conflicts of interest and recuse themselves on any judgment where such conflicts may interfere with independence or the public perception of independence. These recusals will be recorded.

Decisions by juries will take account of transparent criteria published on the IJ4EU website. Aside from jury chairs, the identities of jury members are kept secret until all projects or awards have been chosen for a given grant or award cycle.

Below are profiles of current jury chairs and past jury members.

Investigation Support Scheme 2021

  • Lydia Cacho Ribeiro is a journalist, social activist and writer. She is a specialist in research on gender violence, health, childhood and organised crime. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Agency against Drugs and Crime.

    For 25 years, she has worked as a journalist, editor and columnist in radio and television as well as in various national and international newspapers and magazines. She is co-founder of the Network of Journalists of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

    She founded CIAM Cancún A.C, a care centre for women and children victims of violence, certified by the National Training Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence. She is an expert in child cybersecurity and in the pedagogy of interviewing victims under 18 years of age.

    Cacho is also a renowned specialist in journalistic coverage in situations of risk and a survivor of police torture due to her professional work. Her brave journalistic investigations have taken her to 132 countries and made her the most awarded journalist in Mexico with 55 international awards.

    Newsweek & The Daily Beast have named her one of the 100 women who move the world. Three of her best-selling works have become university textbooks in several Latin American countries. Her books have been translated into more than 15 languages.

IJ4EU Impact Award 2021

  • Shaun Walker, Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent for The Guardian, is Chair of the IJ4EU Impact Award. He previously spent more than a decade in Moscow and is the author of The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.

  • Teresa Ribeiro is Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She was previously Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and President of the National Commission for Human Rights.

  • Christian Jensen is Executive Editor-in-Chief of Danish newspaper Politiken, a role he has had since 2016. Before that, he had an extensive career in Danish journalism.

  • Nassira el Moaddem is a French journalist whose book Les Filles de Romorantin was nominated for two of France’s most prominent journalism book prizes in 2020. Nassira is also the host of TV show Arrêt sur Images and has worked across French journalism.

  • Andrzej Rojek is a Polish-born US philanthropist with a focus on freedom of speech. He serves as Chair of the Board for the Jan Karski Educational Foundation and helps numerous charitable initiatives in education, scientific exchanges and freedom of speech.

Investigation Support Scheme 2020

  • Wolfgang Krach is editor-in-chief of Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

  • Giannina Segnini is a professor of data journalism at Columbia University and a Costa Rican investigative journalist.

  • Cândida Pinto is deputy director for news at RTP public broadcaster in Portugal.

  • Espen Sandli is editor-in-chief of Drammens Tidende in Norway.

  • Leila Bičakčić is director of the Centre for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IJ4EU 2018

  • Wolfgang Krach is editor-in-chief of Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

  • Cecilia Anesi is co-founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy.

  • David Boardman is dean of Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, in the United States.

  • Pavla Holcová is the founder of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism.

  • Christian Jensen is editor-in-chief of Danish newspaper Politiken.