George Gongadze Prize

The Prize is founded by PEN Ukraine in partnership with the Kyiv Mohyla Business School Alumni Association and the Ukrainska Pravda.

Who is the Prize for?

George Gongadze was a man who refused to admit failure, who never gave up and never abandoned his path. George’s decision in 2000 to establish an online edition Ukrainska Pravda was a revolutionary at the time as well as innovative step which influenced the formation of independent journalism in Ukraine.

George Gongadze Prize aims to support journalists who are not afraid of challenges and are able to find innovative ways of conveying the truth, who promote implementation of liberal reforms in Ukraine, discover new opportunities for the whole media environment, and are capable of creating stability in what they do while remaining true to the principles and values in the profession.


– devotion to principles and values of independent journalism,
– professionalism and competence,
– innovation,
– significant contribution in development of a particular genre or media environment at large,
– creation of materials leading to resolving or understanding of certain issues in the society and changes in the country.

* Only journalists working in Ukraine for the last 5 years are eligible for the Prize.


George Gongadze Prize is annually awarded on 21 May, George Gongadze’s birthday. The laureate receives a statuette, certificate and reward in the amount of $3,000.

Capitulum of the Prize

The capitulum of the Prize is made up of 9 persons. Regardless of the year, it consists of a member of the family of George Gongadze, President of PEN Ukraine, representatives from Ukrainska Pravda and Kyiv Mohyla Business School Alumni Association, as well as the laureate of the previous year. Besides, 5 members of the capitulum are responsible for invitation of 4 additional members selected out of Ukrainian media experts, media managers, moral authorities and leading intellectuals. Invited members may be part of the capitulum for no longer than 3 years.

The 2019 Prize capitulum comprises of: George’s wife, journalist, editor-in-chief and Director of the Voice of America Ukraine Myroslava Gongadze; President of PEN Ukraine and writer Andriy Kurkov; journalist, co-founder and owner of Ukrainska Pravda Olena Prytula; Head of the Kyiv Mohyla Business School Alumni Association Mykola Demchenko; strategy expert, Head of the expert company pro.mova, member of the Nestor Group and member of Supervisory Board of UA:PBC Yevhen Hlibovytskyi; journalist, translator and Ukrainian Week correspondent in France Alla Lazareva; Dean of the Kyiv Mohyla Business School Oleksandr Savruk; journalist, writer and human rights defender Larysa Denysenko; professor of history and Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Serhii Plokhii.

Selection procedure

Members of the capitulum nominate the contenders for the Prize. Selection procedure is divided into three stages. In the first stage – in January–February – members of the capitulum propose nominees based on a short written justification. During the second stage – in April – judges vote for the short list. In the third stage, each member of the capitulum has 1 vote: the one who gains more votes from judges of the capitulum becomes the laureate. The shortlist is publicised no later than 14 May.

*Judges may call off the Prize and the laureate be deprived of this status in case he/she commits an act contradicting ethical and professional standards of journalism.

Awarding ceremony

Apart from the awarding itself, it feature a speech about George Gongadze and lecture about challenges before freedom of speech in Ukraine and the world.

Design: Twiga Ukraine