One Young World is delighted to announce the winners of the One Young World Journalist of the Year Award 2022.
Created to identify and promote the world’s most impactful journalists, the Award honours five young leaders - aged 35 and under - who have been judged on the positive social impact of their work. These young leaders fearlessly and boldly inspire others through their work. They have changed the way stories are reported and empower others by giving them a voice.
These five young leaders were selected by a panel of respected international judges from a shortlist of 15 young journalists from around the world.
The winners will be presented with the Award at the One Young World 2022 Summit taking place in Manchester, 5-8 September.
Daniel Villatoro, Guatemala
Daniel Villatoro is the Coordinator of the Latin American LGBTI journalism Initiative by the International Women's Media Foundation, a program that trains and provides support to media on accurate reporting to surpass prejudice. Over 3 years, 120 journalists from Mexico to Honduras and over 400 editors from Spanish speaking media have been trained in gender perspective and diversity reporting. Villatoro founded Impronta, a Central American queer culture magazine; has published five journalism guides on different aspects of inclusive reporting; and his book “The registry of violence against LGBTI people” won the Latin American Open Data Initiative call for new voices. He has been a finalist at the Gabriel Garcia Marquez prize, the Roche award for health reporting, and the Media Innovation in Sexual Health awards. He also investigated the local Paradise Papers stories as part of the global collaborative reporting project. Some of his findings have been used in discussions on presidential debates and have been presented as criminal evidence in cases against Guatemala's former president and different political parties.
Lotfullah Najafizada, Afghanistan
Lotfullah Najafizada is an award-winning journalist from Afghanistan and the former Director of TOLOnews TV, leading Afghanistan’s top news channel for over a decade until the fall of Kabul last August. In addition to overseeing the largest news operation in the country, he has also conducted many high-profile interviews with global leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He also hosted Afghanistan’s only presidential elections debate in 2019. On World Press Freedom Day 2016, Paris-based Reporters without Borders awarded him with the prestigious medal of Press Freedom Hero for his fight for free press in Afghanistan. In 2016, TIME Magazine profiled him as a Next Generation Global Leader and in 2017 Forbes magazine selected him among the 30 under 30 Asia influencers in media. Mr. Najafizada was the only Afghan journalist who attended two rounds of civil society talks with the Taliban in Doha (2019) and in Oslo (2022). He is currently a Pritzker Fellow at the Institute of Politics, University of Chicago, offering seminars on Afghanistan’s politics and culture as a visiting scholar. He is a former fellow with the Asia Society, Rumsfeld Foundation, the Atlantic Council and World Press Institute.
Manisha Ganguly, United Kingdom
Manisha is a multi-award-winning investigative journalist & documentary filmmaker, specialising in combining open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques with fieldwork to expose human rights abuses in conflict and war. She is a Forbes Under 30 media honouree and has been nominated for/won 17 international awards, including an Amnesty Award, with her investigations broadcast to over 300 million worldwide. Manisha serves as a judge for the International Emmy Awards.
Manisha's debut documentary, “War Crimes for Likes”, exposed how war crimes committed in the Libyan civil war were being shared on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to incite violence. It directly identified the members of the Libyan National Army’s special forces committing these crimes and tracked down its survivors in exile. The film prompted a response from the UK Foreign Office saying they take “the allegations very seriously”. The story was nominated for Best Investigation 2019 by the Association of International Broadcasting.
Since then, she has produced investigations for the BBC that exposed war crimes by Russian planes in Syria, tracked down the foreign jet that bombed the migrant detention centre in Libya, exposed an online human trafficking network across the Gulf, investigated how an IRGC-backed airline spread coronavirus across the Middle East, and more. Evidence uncovered in these investigations has been presented at/cited/acted upon by various international bodies, notably the UK Houses of Parliament, the U.K. Foreign Office, the Norwegian government, the US government, and the United Nations Security Council.
María Paulina Baena, Colombia
María Paulina Baena is a 31 year old journalist working for El Espectador, the oldest newspaper in Colombia. Today she is one of the creators, writers and presenters of the popular satirical video column bringing news to young audiences, La Pulla.
La Pulla is a journalism project that challenges traditional formats of media and was awarded with the Simón Bolivar prize for being the best TV opinion show in 2016. The program disrupts the role of women in the media and also stands for a new way of approaching contemporary debates, presenting them with spontaneity and freshness.
Even though social networks are overwhelmed by a huge amount of information, La Pulla has demonstrated that viral content can be made with rigorous research. Today, La Pulla’s YouTube channel has more than 1.200.000 subscribers.
Shiori Ito, Japan
Shiori Ito is a journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her primary focus is gender-based, human rights issues.
At the 2018 New York Festivals, Shiori won a silver award for the film she directed, Lonely Death, in the Social Issues category. In 2017, she wrote the book 'Black Box' based upon her own experience of rape. The book, which reveals sexism in Japan’s society and institutions, is now available in seven languages. In 2018, she won the Free Press Association of Japan Award for Best Journalism.
For her contribution to Japan's #MeToo movement, she was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2020. She was also selected by Newsweek in 2019 as one of the 100 Most Respected Japanese. She has been developing her first feature documentary.