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Belize Prize for Investigative Journalism Announces 2022 Finalists

May 9, 2023

Belize Prize for Investigative Journalism Announces 2022 Finalists

News 5′s Marion Ali and George Tillett have been shortlisted for the Belize Prize for Investigative Journalism. The Belize Prize for Investigative Journalism aims to honor and reward journalists who fearlessly observe, chronicle, reveal, and hold accountable individuals and forces that undermine equity, transparency, civility, and good governance. This highly-anticipated contest was open to journalists from various media platforms, including print, radio, television, and digital media. Three finalists were announced. Marion and George’s story focused on the issue of contraband in the north. The two-part feature delved into how contrabandistas smuggle beers, perishables, and other illegal goods into the country. Our news team investigated how contrabandistas smuggle illegal beers, perishables, and other illegal goods. The consequences of contraband are far-reaching. Legitimate businesses face unfair competition from those involved in illicit trade, leading to economic losses and job insecurity. The government also suffers from reduced tax revenues, hindering its ability to fund essential public services and infrastructure development. The winner, set to receive ten thousand dollars in cash, will be revealed during an upcoming screening event on June third.

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