The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today launches The Europe Prize: Journalism for a Changing World, the first truly Europe-wide prize for journalism entirely organised and judged by journalists themselves. The Prize, which is organised in collaboration with the European Journalism Centre and the Résidence Palace International Press Centre, has already received support from a number of leading European newspapers, such as El País, La Libre Belgique and Politiken.
The Europe Prize seeks to promote excellence in journalism and foster wider understanding and awareness of the contribution that Europe makes to the quality of international policy and governance in the field of global social, environmental and economic issues.
The 2003 edition - which is co-funded by the Network of European Foundations' European Drug Policy Fund - will be awarded for outstanding reports which focus on the social, economic and political impact of drug policy in Europe and in so doing promotes better understanding within civil society and media about existing drug control mechanisms and the important role that Europe plays in defining drug policy worldwide.
The Prize will be launched at a press conference in Brussels this afternoon where European civic leaders will call for wider public debate and dialogue over global drugs policy with the release of conclusions on a wide-ranging review of current drugs policy.
Journalists are invited to join the prize launch at a press conference and cocktail at the International Press Centre, Résidence Palace, at 2pm on March 28th.