Journalists behind documentary about secrets of Danish mosques nominated for prestigious award

Lucie Rychla
December 14th, 2016

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Martin Jensen and Irene Thyrri from TV2 will compete with journalists from Berlingske and Information for this year’s Cavling Prize

Journalists Martin Kjær Jensen and Irene Thyrri from TV2 have been nominated for this year’s Cavling Prize, a prestigious Danish award annually given to journalists who have shown great initiative and talent.

Jensen and Thyrri were nominated for their documentary series ‘Moskeerne bag sløret’ (the mosques behind the veil), which investigated how mosques in Denmark work towards or against the integration of Muslims into Danish society.

The series provoked great criticism from some Danish imams, who were captured on a hidden camera saying, among other things, that adulterous women should be stoned to death.

The duo from TV2 will compete with Chris Kjær Jensen, Lars Nørgaard and Michael Lund from Berlingske, who are nominated for exposing the government’s efforts to try to pass an agricultural package that would result in increased nitrogen pollution in Denmark.

In the Danish media the case has been referred to as ‘Gyllegate’. The word ‘gylle’ means slurry, which is sometimes used as fertiliser and also stinks (like the government proposal).

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Cash and a statuette
The last group of nominees are journalists from Information – Lærke Cramon, Sigrid Nygaard and Anna Sperling – who published a series on rape called ‘Vidnesbyrd’.

The winners will get 20,000 kroner and a statuette made by George Rode depicting Henrik Cavling, a former editor of Politiken. The prize has been awarded since 1944.

Last year’s winner was Puk Damsgård from DR who was awarded for covering the situation in the Middle East and for his book ‘Ser du månen, Daniel?’ (Do you see the moon, Daniel?) about photographer Daniel Rye, who was held in captivity by Islamic State for 13 months.


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