José Manuel Bustamante has worked the majority of his career at the daily El Mundo, where he started in 1993 coming from the newspaper El Independiente after its disappearance. At El Mundo, Bustamante wrote interviews and reports mostly for weekend supplements. An important part of the articles discuss the national and international politics.
Since 2007 he joined the editorial office of the web edition of the newspaper El Mundo. Since June 2009, he works as a freelancer and collaborates with various media, including the magazine “Frontera Digital”.
José Manuel Bustamante describes a situation where murders, disappearances and impunity still prevail in Guatemala. Numbers could never describe the daily tragedy of women killed. Since year 2000 more than 5000 women were murdered, with brutality and intentional cruelty, in a country of barely 13 million people. The term "féminicide" came into use more frequently since 1993, referring to female murders in Ciudad Juarez. All the experts agree that today the situation in Guatemala is even worse, if possible. Worse, because the number of victims is higher compared to the entire population. Worse due to impunity, one of the key issues why the aggression keeps increasing. And worse, because of the particular political situation that feeds the hate towards women and hides the real causes of crimes in this country.Read article
Esther Leburgue, graduated from the ESJ (Science and Agricultural Journalism) in 2005, continued to work freelance for a year in Paris. She treated environmental and science subjects for the professional press. In July 2007, she left Paris to work freelance in China for a year in the same fields of interest. From August 2008 to May 2009 she assumed the editorship of a journal of the Embassy of France in Israel. In June and July 2009, she visited South Africa and published reports about the society. One is about Zimbabwean refugees in Johannesburg who find refuge from a Methodist bishop living there. The other report is about the rape of black lesbians in townships of the country (that’s the one she presents to this Prize). Since summer 2009, she is back in France working as a freelancer.
The great Republic of South Africa hides many contradictions. It is a country of the black continent where white people live as well. It is also a country where homosexuality is finally legally defended but where lesbians are still raped with impunity in order to be «set straight». The NGO Action Aid estimates that about 500 000 rapes are committed every year in this country. Among these stories of aggression against women, the violence committed against lesbians is especially taboo, and even more so in the poor townships of the country. Ndumie Funda tells us about gang rape, the contamination by HIV and the slow death of her ex-girlfriend Nomsa.Read article
Frédéric Delepierre returned to the site of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh state in India. It was there overnight on 2 December 1984 that a violent explosion rocked the pesticide factory there. In total, 40 tonnes of hydrogen cyanide were released into the air around the city. The blast caused what remains to this day the world’s largest industrial disaster. More than 25 years on, some of the thousands of victims and their families feel abandoned.
Frédéric is a journalist who specialises in justice matters and natural disasters for Belgian newspaper "Le Soir", where he was worked since 1998. Currently a regional reporter, he has written extensively on high-profile crime stories such as the Dutroux and Fourniret cases. Frédéric also reported from disaster areas, including a post-tsunami South East Asia and earthquakes in Iran and Haiti. Previously, he wrote for the daily La Dernière Heure and has also worked on radio and regional television.Read article