- The co-editor of the weekly newspaper “Schaffhauser AZ”, Mattias Greuter, is Swiss Press Journalist of the Year.
- Greuter was honored for a series of articles in which he uncovered serious abuses in a nursing home – these even led to the closure of the institution.
- Denis Balibous is Photographer of the Year – he captured the meeting between Biden and Putin in Geneva in a photo.
“Someone has to close this home” was the title of the first article and the start of a series in which Greuter described the serious grievances in the “Hand in Hand” nursing home in Neunkirch SH a year ago.
It was about poor hygiene, care errors, alcohol and drug abuse, manipulated bills and neglected residents.
Politicians tried to prevent Greuter’s research
Politicians and administration tried to prevent the research and to influence him, said Greuter of the Reinhardt von Graffenried Foundation, which awards the annual Swiss journalist and photographer prizes.
Instead, the journalist wrote more articles, used a statement by the SP government president that the story was “terrifyingly badly written” as an advertising flyer for his weekly newspaper and finally got the nursing home closed, its former boss ended up in custody and the public prosecutor’s office investigations picked up.
«Journalism with impact»
According to the statement, Greuter took a lot of time to verify the claims made by the various sources. He was cautious in his research and proceeded with the “due restraint”. After the home closed, he spoke up for the dismissed employees.
It is to be credited to a local newspaper if it fulfills its function of criticism and control, “even if the paths of the journalists and the objects inevitably cross”.
The second prize in the text category went to Boris Busslinger from the French-speaking Swiss newspaper “Le Temps” for his report on bicycle couriers in Zurich, “Slave workers on two wheels”. Marc Tribbelhorn received third prize for an article about the last Swissair CEO Mario Corti in the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”.
The Ways of Cocaine
The article “Everyone coke, Switzerland coke even more” by Florian Schoop, Joana Kelén, Fabian Baumgartner, Franco Gervasi and Linda Koponen in the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” was awarded the best online contribution. He traces the journey of the white powder, from its arrival in Spain to Langstrasse in Zurich, and also brings the audience closer to “the harsh reality away from consumption and debauchery”.
This Wachter, Patrick Imhasly, Theres Lüthi and Simon Meyer won in the “Audio” category. You produced an audio series about brain surgery on mentally ill people for the NZZ am Sonntag.
Clan war in Freiburg
In the video category, RTS journalist François Ruchti won with his research into a bloody clan war between Kosovar families in the canton of Fribourg, which has so far claimed at least 23 victims. “Bold on-site research with great narrative power,” wrote the jury.
Image awarded by Biden and Putin
The winners of the Swiss Press Photo Awards were announced at the beginning of April. The winner in the “Currentness” category is Reuters’ Denis Balibouse with a picture of the 2021 meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
In the “Everyday” category, Mark Henley (L’illustré, Swissinfo, Le Temps, Tribune de Genève) wins first prize for the photo showing an artist in Geneva during lockdown.
Winners received CHF 15,000
The winners in the Text, Online, Audio and Local categories each receive CHF 15,000. Each of the winners was also given a diamond for their outstanding work. The total prize money is CHF 128,000.
The independent Reinhardt von Graffenried Foundation was founded with the aim of promoting Swiss journalism.