Media distinctions and awards
All prizes, recognitions, and acknowledgments speak of the fact that we are dedicated to our work. These recognitions are an outcome of the work of our people who care, notice, are able, and want to investigate and write, and they do their best.
In 2018, Estonia’s most important investigative journalist award, the Bonnier Prize, was awarded to Eesti Ekspress journalist Kirsti Vainküla, jointly with Estonian Public Broadcasting journalist Merilin Pärl. Their stories brought to light the problems of a custody case involving a small boy – due to the case, several child protection specialists lost their jobs and the entire adoption area was brought to the public focus.
In 2018, Sulev Vedler from Eesti Ekspress wrote the best news article. Three articles were published on the same topic “Wrong Patient, Wrong Blood. The Nurse’s Fatal Mistake”; “PERH under pressure. The story of the hospital nurse who made the fatal blood transfusion is gaining momentum“ and “How much does human life cost in Estonia? Zero euros or several million?“ that dealt with the court case of a hospital nurse who gave the fatal blood transition to a patient ending in the latter’s death.
In 2017, Madis Jürgen wrote articles “The Unusual Prisoner” and “The Last Summer of the Former Police Chief” that dealt with the breakdown, downfall and last months of the life of Mari Erik, a top-level policeman who built criminal police in Tallinn. Jürgen was named as the winner in the feature article category and also the best journalist of the year by the Estonian Newspaper Association.
We are capable
Aesthetic and beautiful layouts are the keywords which characterise the publications of Ekspress Grupp. The silver award went to the layouts of Eesti Ekspress (May 3 and November 8 issues) and the bronze went to the layout of Õhtuleht (December 23 and 28 issues).