The "Tudor Iașcenco Award" 2022 was presented to journalists Viorica Tătaru and Andrei Captarenco

20 May 2022

API offered the "Tudor Iașcenco Award" 2022 to the team of journalists Viorica Tătaru and Andrei Captarenco for courage and dignity in carrying out. During a festive event, the Independent Press Association (API) presented the "Tudor Iașcenco Award" 2022 to the team of journalists Viorica Tătaru and Andrei Captarenco for courage and dignity in carrying out their journalistic mission, especially in war conditions. The award in memory of the well-known journalist Tudor Iașcenco, the director of the regional newspaper "Cuvântul", one of the founders and the first president of the API, is awarded starting in 2021.


By offering this award, the API Board of Directors appreciates the courage of war journalists and their dedication to the values the profession of journalist. "It is the most valuable award and we are glad that we can thus encourage journalists who know how to do their work with dignity and courage," said Petru Macovei, API executive director.


Journalist Viorica Tătaru stated that the appreciation of fellow workers is very important. "I urge my colleagues to remain independent, do quality journalism, have attitude and learn courage by working every day. The appreciation of our colleagues honors us, and the monetary award will be of great help to us, especially since we are planning to return to Ukraine and have initiated a fund-raising campaign to make a documentary film about people caught in the war". Andrei Captarenco notes the need for an objective account of the war in the neighboring country: "We will continue to go to Ukraine and report from there, because our public must be correctly informed about what is happening."


With 20 years of experience in reporting and video production, Viorica Tătaru has worked in several media institutions: Euro TV, Curaj TV, Ziarul de Gardă. Andrei Captarenco has over 30 years of experience in video production, accumulated as a cameraman at several TV stations in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, including Antena 3, Digi 24, Pro TV Romania, Pro TV Chisinau, TV Moldova 1. In 2008, he won the EMMY Award for the series of reports "You know what your child is doing". Viorica Tătaru and Andrei Captarenco are the creators of the show "Beyond the Dniester", broadcast on TV 8.


The "Tudor Iașcenco Award" was handed out during the API annual awards ceremony, which took place on May 20, 2022. The winners they each received a plaque on which the profile of Tudor Iașcenco is sketched and a monetary prize from the API.




Tudor Iașcenco was one of the best investigative journalists in the Republic of Moldova, director of the independent regional newspaper "Cuvântul" from the city of Rezina, one of the founders, the first president and honorary member of API, member of the Press Council. Tudor Iașcenco died on March 26, 2021 at the age of 72. By the decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova of October 15, 2021, Tudor Iașcenco was posthumously decorated with the "Order of the Republic".