In a series of stories over the summer it was revealed how global clients of the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group had used hacking software to target human rights activists, journalists, lawyers and leading political figures, including the French president, Emmanuel Macron.
The group of media organisations, led by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden Stories, picked up the inaugural Daphne Caruana Galizia prize for journalism of €20,000 on the advice of an independent jury of the press and civil society from the 27 EU member states and representatives of the main European Associations of Journalism.
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