Julio Godoy, France/Guatemala, was considered Guatemala's top investigative reporter before he was forced to flee the country under government pressure to silence him.

Reporting under constantly dangerous conditions, Godoy was kidnapped once, and the weekly newspaper he helped found was blown up. In 1990, he moved to Germany and worked as a freelancer, writing about refugees and German economic affairs.

Godoy, who now lives in Paris, has returned to daily reporting, mostly for German radio stations.

He was a Nieman fellow in 1989, and in 1996 received a Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett grant.