Solidaritätspreis für Journalist*innen aus Südosteuropa

Die Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft verleiht seit 2021 den Solidaritätspreis für Medienschaffende aus der Region.

Der Solidaritätspreis der SOG zeichnet mutige Journalist*innen aus unseren Partnerländern, die sich für eine kritische Berichterstattung oftmals hohen persönlichen Gefahren aussetzen, für ihre herausragende Arbeit aus und würdigt ihren Beitrag zu mehr Demokratie, mehr Rechtstaatlichkeit und mehr Pressefreiheit. Er soll dabei auch durch die mit der Verleihung verbundene Aufmerksamkeit zu einem höheren symbolischen Schutz der Journalist*innen vor Ort beitragen und durch seine Dotierung die große Leistung der Preisträger*innen anerkennen. Die Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft will damit einmal mehr zeigen, dass sie vor Ort an der Seite derjenigen steht, die sich für unsere europäischen Werte wie Presse- und Meinungsfreiheit einsetzen.

Der Preis wird jährlich im Rahmen einer eigens dafür konzipierten Veranstaltung in Berlin verliehen und vollständig aus Spenden finanziert. Der neue Solidaritätspreis ergänzt den bisherigen Journalistenpreis für eine exzellente deutschsprachige Berichterstattung aus der Region.

Vorschläge für mögliche Preisträger*innen können Sie bis zum 31. März eines jeden Jahres über die verlinkten Formulare bei der Geschäftsstelle der SOG einreichen.

Wir laden jeden und jede herzlich dazu ein, zum neuen Journalistenpreis mit einer eigenen Spende und/ oder einem Vorschlag für eine mögliche Preisträgerin/ einen möglichen Preisträger beizutragen.

Spenden für den Preis überweisen Sie bitte mit dem Hinweis „Sonderspende Journalistenpreis“ auf das Konto der Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft bei der Deutschen Bank München

IBAN: DE03 7007 0024 0207 1900 05

Bisherige Preisträger*innen


Xhabir Deralla

Xhabir Memedi Deralla, born in 1967, is a human rights activist, writer, journalist, and hybrid warfare analyst. He is one of the founders and serves as the head of CIVIL, a prominent human rights organization based in North Macedonia since its establishment in 1999. Deralla leads the organization's creative initiatives and serves as the chief coordinator and producer of multimedia projects, awareness-raising campaigns, festivals, documentaries, conferences, and other projects and events. Furthermore, since 2008, Deralla has been the person in charge of election observation operations of CIVIL in North Macedonia, cooperating with numerous international and regional organizations in that area. Additionally, Deralla and his team are specialized in several fields, including arms control (CIVIL is a senior member organization of IANSA), and countering disinformation and hybrid warfare tactics in the country and the Western Balkans region. He also holds the role of editor-in-chief and contributes as an author, analyst, and columnist for media outlets within CIVIL’s media platform. Deralla's career spans back to 1989, during which he has worked with numerous media organizations both domestically and internationally. He is the member of the Association of Journalists of North Macedonia since 1990, and a member of Amnesty International since 1994.


Pelin Ünker

Pelin Ünker is an investigative journalist who has been working for Deutsche Welle in Turkey since 2018. Prior to that, she worked as a business reporter and financial editor at Cumhuriyet newspaper (2008-2018). She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Turkey and has led the Turkish part of ICIJ's Big Data and leak reporting projects, including the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Implant Files, Pandora Papers, Shadow Diplomats and Deforestation Inc. In her research, she deals not only with macroeconomic data on the state of the Turkish economy, privatization, and public procurements, but also with cases of corruption, tax avoidance and evasion. In connection with the lawsuit filed by former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and his sons over the Paradise Papers, Ünker was sentenced to one year, one month and 15 days in prison. Ünker, whose sentence was overturned by the Court of Appeal, was awarded the Don Bolles Medal by Investigative Reporters and Editors during that time. She has received further awards for her work, including the Investigative Reporting Award from the Progressive Journalists Association, the Transparency Award from Transparency International Turkey, and the European Union Investigative Journalism Award from BIRN and the Journalists' Association.


Ivana Gordić Perc

Journalist at VOICE- Vojvodina Research and Analytical Center with more than 20 years of experience in the creation of different media contents. She started her career in 1999 on Radio Zrenjanin, from where she moved to the legendary Radio Coyote. In 2021 she uncovered the story about the inhumane and forceful working conditions in which around 500 Vietnamese workers were employed at the construction site of the Chinese Ling Long tire factory in Zrenjanin, Serbia. This story caused a lot of media attention in Serbia and internationally, including a debate in the European Parliament and at the United Nations. Due to her reporting, Ivana was faced with a lot of pressure and threats from those who tried to cover up the whole case. In 2022, Ivana Gordić received the Annual Award for Investigative and Analytical Journalism of the Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina (IJAV) for this story. Despite being the mother of three children, she is fearless in her journalistic work, which in her case is often accompanied by threats, especially when investigating corruption at the local level.


Una Hajdari

Freelance journalist from Pristina, Kosovo, focused on Central and Eastern Europe and mainly reporting for US outlets like The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, The Nation, Foreign Policy and others. Her work stands out from the usual reporting from Kosovo because she writes and reports in Albanian and Serbian, a rarity in Kosovo. She reports on all the countries of former Yugoslavia, specializing on nationalism, ethnic minorities, right-wing movements, dealing with the past, media freedom and post-war societies. Addressing these topics means often facing hostility and threats. Against all odds, Ms Hajdari investigates persistently and continues to critically question the local circumstances, fighting against stereotypes and prejudices. Una Hajdari is also involved with Reporters Without Borders and regional journalism initiatives. Her work is committed to press and media freedom, what often comes at a high personal price.


Dragan Bursać

Born in Bihac in 1975, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian former philosophy teacher started his journalistic career at the turn of the millennium at Radio Banja Luka. In 2007, he started working for the independent and well-known BUKA portal, followed by engagements for Al Jazeera Balkans, Radio Sarajevo and Antena M Montenegro from 2016 on forward. He has received various awards for his work, like the Srdjan Aleksić Award, the UNHCR Journalist Award in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the European Press Prize in the "Opinion" category. Bursać focuses in his work on war crimes in former Yugoslavia, dealing with the past and humanity in war. To this day he lives and works in Banja Luka, even as his work has had made him the target of death threats and attacks, limiting his individual freedom. He nevertheless continues his work as a journalist and columnist.