Bonnier Award in Estonia

Yesterday at a ceremony in Tallinn at the Swedish Embassy, the annual Bonnier Award for investigative journalism was awarded to Dannar Leitmaa and Margus Järv of Eesti Ekspress for their story on corruption in the internal board relections of the ruling Reform Party – following the story, vice chairman of the board Kriistina Ojuland was forced out.

The two beat out finalists from Äripäev and Eesti Päevaleht. Koit Brinkmann of Äripäev was nominated for his investigation into Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar’s secret Swiss bank account. Kärt Anvelt of Eesti Päevaleht was nominated for a long investigation that resulted in sports physician Vitali Bernatski confessing to selling performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, and ultimately the formation of a special commission to look into the issue of doping.