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Nick Davies to speak at Taco Kuiper Awards

- By Wits University

Winners, nominees and guests at the 9th Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism will be addressed by Nick Davies, award-winning journalist for the Guardian in the UK.

Davies’ investigation into phone hacking was the best of investigative journalism in Britain, exposing the worst – the criminal practices of the phone hackers: from missing school girls to royals, no one was exempt.

Working for the Guardian, Davies has investigated crime, failing schools, poverty, drug-laws and the media itself in Flat Earth News. He has been named journalist of the year, reporter of the year and feature writer of the year in the British press awards. Read more about Davies

The 9th Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism are to be announced on Friday, 27 March 2015 at an event honouring investigative journalists for their sterling work in 2014.

The ceremony will take place at the Rand Club in the Johannesburg CBD.

A top prize of R200 000 awaits the winning entry and the runner-up wins R100 000, for which entries have been received from both print and broadcast media in South Africa.

“At a time when all the institutions of accountability in our society are under pressure it is more important than ever that we have reporters who probe, question, expose, uncover and rake the muck that flows beneath the surface of our complex and rich society,” says Professor Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies.

The Taco Kuiper Awards, hosted by the Wits Department of Journalism, are funded by The Valley Trust. Taco Kuiper was a highly successful South African publisher who left a significant part of his estate to the promotion of investigative journalism.

As a business journalist and publisher Kuiper knew that exposing matters of public concern which those scrutinised would not want to see disclosed, was an enterprise. As he himself did not shy away from taking on public institutions and profiteers of Apartheid policy, he thought it important to foster and reward investigative journalism in South Africa.

It was for this reason that Kuiper, shortly before his death in September 2004, set up a fund for investigative journalism within The Valley Trust. The Trust has partnered with the Wits Journalism Programme to administer the Taco Kuiper Award and Grants.

For more information about the Taco Kuiper Award and Taco Kuiper grants for investigative journalism projects click here.