The investigation carried out by journalists Sergi Escudero, Sique Rodríguez and Adrià Soldevila that uncovered the existence of ‘Barchagate’ has been awarded the Ramón Barnils prize for investigative journalism, in line with the organizers of the competition.

The ‘Barçagate’ is how the case is thought wherein a firm employed by FC Barcelona (I3 Ventures) would have created a smear marketing campaign on social media towards people and entities not associated to the board of administrators of Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The journalistic work, whose publication has motivated a judicial investigation, had a number of echo within the nationwide and worldwide press and even supposed that the Barcelona membership employed a exterior auditing agency PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) to make clear the matter.

The knowledge was revealed on February 17 within the podcast of the ‘La Llotja’ part broadcast on the SER Catalunya program ‘Què t’hello jugues’. It is in regards to the first time within the six editions of the award {that a} analysis revealed in a radio medium is acknowledgedico and likewise {that a} work from the sports activities subject is rewarded.

Soldevila, Rodríguez and Escudero, who’ve collaborated because the starting of the yr with the sports activities part of the EFE Company in Barcelona, ​​will obtain 1,500 euros for the award as finest work within the class of nationwide media.

Rafa Marrasé, from Porta Enrere, has additionally been distinguished within the class of native media by the investigation carried out on account of the explosion of the Tarragona chemical firm Iqoxe.

The awards are an initiative of the journalism group Ramon Barnils that wishes to advertise “documented and verified info” to “provoke reflection and evaluation” and stimulate the apply of investigative journalism.