|On February 26, 2003 Coalition 2000 announced its first annual awards for journalists working in the area of anti-corruption. Their articles were published in Bulgarian print media during 2002. The award ceremony took place at the American Center in Sofia in the presence of representatives of the United States Embassy, MPs, governmental institutions, non-government organizations and mass media. Honorary diplomas were awarded to the three top entries. The prize winners are:
- Mr. Krassimir Dobrev, Sega daily, for his article “State Enterprises: the Feeding Trough of the ‘New’ Time”, published in Sega daily on March 15, 2002;
- Mr. Stanimir Vaglenov, 24 Chassa daily, for his article “How (MP) Dancho (Yordan) Tsonev Took a Large Bite off the Black Sea Beach Near Rezovo”, published in 24 Chassa daily on 6 May 2000;
- Ms. Rumyana Emanuilidu, correspondent in Burgas of Dnevnik daily and Radio Free Europe for her article “The State Reserve Still Looking for the Money from ‘Black Sea Salt’ Company” published in Dnevnik daily on 5 March 2001.
A Special Prize was awarded to Ms. Alexenia Dimitrova from 24 Chassa daily for her consistent coverage of the activities of Coalition 2000.
The contest was announced in early November 2002. Journalists from all media in the country were invited to send in copies of one published article or a tape and a transcript of a broadcast treating the issue of corruption. The articles had to be from the last 3 years (a period of two consecutive governments). A three-member jury nominated by the Coalition 2000 Secretariat reviewed all articles and assessed both the quality of the journalist’s work and the impact on the public opinion.