First Prize

Category: Contribution to Civil Rights

Authors: Klaas van Dijken, Steffen Lüdke, Nicole Vogele, Lamia Sabic, Bashar Deeb, Jack Sapoch, Giorgos Christides, Andrei Popoviciu, Phevos Simeonidis, Alexander Epp (Netherlands/ Germany)

Europe's Violent Shadow Army Unmasked

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October 7, 2021

Der Spiegel

Mysterious men wearing balaclavas are beating up refugees at the external EU border or abandoning them at sea. Months of reporting now reveals who is behind the operations. Read more