Indonesia palm oil investigation shortlisted for Fetisov Journalism Award

This week, the Fetisov Journalism Award announced its shortlist of features in contention for prizes this year, and a Mongabay report produced in collaboration with The Gecko Project is included in the “Excellence in Environmental Journalism” category.

The feature, “The secret deal to destroy paradise,” is the third installment of Indonesia for Sale, an in-depth investigative series on the opaque deals underpinning Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis.

The mission of the Fetisov Journalism Awards is to “promote universal human values such as honesty, justice, courage and nobility through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world as their dedicated service and commitment contribute to changing the world for the better,” according to its website. Three winners in each category will share a cash prize of 130,000 Swiss francs (about $130,000 US).

The series that the shortlisted feature comes from is the product of 22 months of investigative reporting across the Southeast Asian country, interviewing fixers, middlemen, lawyers and companies involved in land deals, and those most affected by them.

The second feature in the series, “Ghosts in the machine,” was awarded third place for outstanding in-depth reporting during the Society of Environmental Journalists annual award ceremony in October.

One can read “The secret deal to destroy paradise” here.

Banner image: The rainforest of Boven Digoel. Image by Nanang Sujana for The Gecko Project.