Free Media Awards
Valentyna Samar - Ukraine
Valentyna Samar (b. 1965) from Crimea does not hesitate to publish critical articles on political topics or to investigate corruption carried out by the state authorities in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian journalist has published a number of thought-provoking articles about the Ukrainian-Russian war.
She was forced to leave Crimea in 2014, fearing for her life.
Valentyna Samar was nominated for the press prize by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Potsdam, and receives a prize of EUR 10 000.