Mauri König

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Mauri König
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation journalism
Known for reporting on sex trafficking
Awards Inter-American Press Association Award (2002)
CPJ International Press Freedom Award (2012)

Mauri König is a Brazilian journalist who has won several international prizes for his work on human rights abuses. He holds a master's degree in "literary reportage".[1]

Journalism[edit]

He wrote a series of articles in 2000 and 2001 on Brazilian children being kidnapped for service in the military of Paraguay.[1] Three men, allegedly from the Paraguayan police, assaulted him on 19 December 2000 after he photographed a police station in San Alberto.[2] The attackers tortured him, whipping him with chains and strangling him, before leaving him for dead. However, König survived and continued to report on the story.[1] He won a 2002 award from the Inter-American Press Association for one of the stories in the series that appeared in O Estado de Panama.[3] König was reportedly threatened again by local police in 2003 for his research along the Brazil-Paraguay border, and was finally forced to abandon the case.[1]

Beginning in 2002, König served as a special reporter for Gazeta do Povo, a Curitiba-based daily newspaper. In 2004 and 2005, he continued to write about border sex-trafficking, and a leading trafficker was eventually arrested through König's research.[1]

Awards[edit]

In 2006, König was awarded the European Commission's Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize,[4] which recognizes "outstanding reporting on Human Rights, Democracy and Development issues".[5] In 2012, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a US-based NGO. The award recognizes journalists who show courage in defending press freedom despite facing attacks, threats, or imprisonment.[1]

As of 2012, König was a board member of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists.[1]

In 2013, Mauri König was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Mauri König, Brazil". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Evaluation of the Situation of Freedom of Expression in the Hemisphere". Organization of American States. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mexican journalist wins top Inter-American press award". Associated Press  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 29 June 2002. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mauri König". lorenzonataliprize.eu. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "In a Nutshell". lorenzonataliprize.eu. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/1026-cabot-prizes-current-winners/852