Daphne Caruana Galizia one of three finalists for Allard Prize for International Integrity

Slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is one of three candidates shortlisted for the 2020 Allard Prize for International Integrity, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation said on Tuesday evening.

The Allard Prize for International Integrity has announced its three finalists for the 2020 Allard Prize. The three finalists are Daphne Caruana Galizia, The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and Howard Wilkinson.

The $100,000 Prize is one of the largest awards in the world dedicated to upholding human rights and fighting corruption.

The three candidates were shortlisted after a comprehensive nomination and selection process following 525 nominations from 80 countries around the world.

“Each of the finalists has demonstrated incredible strength and courage in protecting human rights, opposing corruption, and promoting transparency, accountability, and the Rule of Law,” Peter Allard said.

“Despite facing great personal risks for their efforts, and in one case making the ultimate sacrifice, the finalists have displayed unyielding commitment and integrity in protecting human rights and combatting corruption in its many forms. It is my hope that these remarkable finalists and their stories of dedication and courage will inspire others to protect human rights, and fight oppression and abuses of power wherever we encounter them.”

Caruana Galizia has been awarded several rewards posthumously
Daphne Caruana Galizia awarded the Anti-Corruption Award

The two other candidates:

The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) was established in 2007 by an agreement between the United Nations and the Guatemalan government to strengthen and support state institutions responsible for the investigation and prosecution of criminal groups that had infiltrated state institutions since the end of Guatemala’s decades-long internal armed conflict.

The commission has exposed more than 70 criminal networks, revealing widespread government fraud and corruption involving government officials, prominent business leaders, and drug traffickers. Its work also led to the removal of a dozen corrupt judges and the expulsion of 1,700 officers from the National Civilian Police.

Howard Wilkinson had come across suspicious activity in bank records while acting as head of Danske Bank’s trading unit. His investigation eventually uncovered a money laundering operation worth at least 230 billion Euros, one of the largest such operations in the world discovered so far.

In 2018, when the extent of the scandal broke, Wilkinson’s anonymity was violated and he was exposed as the whistleblower, inviting retaliation. Despite considerable risk to himself and his family, Wilkinson testified before the European Parliament and advocated for greater protections for whistleblowers and a new regulation model that encourages greater transparency. The scandal led to numerous investigations and criminal charges across Europe, and the resignation of Danske’s CEO, and regulators required Danske to close its Estonian branch.

Past winners include Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani investigative journalist, and Anna Hazare, an Indian social activist.