The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global organisation representing over 500,000 journalists worldwide, today launched the 2003 IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize at a meeting of Asia public service broadcasters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize aims to combat racism and discrimination, through recognising the work of journalists from all media who contribute to a better understanding of cultural, religious and ethnic differences.
The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize for 2003 was launched an international meeting the IFJ has convened to defend public service broadcasting in Asia.
The IFJ meeting, which has drawn together experts in public service broadcasting from across Asia, heard how important it is to reward journalism that actively sets out to promote tolerance and understanding.
In launching the prize, IFJ President Christopher Warren told the meeting: “The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize, now in its second year, is about rewarding excellence in journalism that promotes tolerance and understanding in our communities.“
“The defence of public service broadcasting and the promotion of the IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize have a certain synergy: both are about promoting a fair and balanced view of our world,” Warren said in Colombo today.
The Prize will be awarded to journalists in five regions of the world:
The Prize, which is open to local journalists employed by local media in the region, has been launched at a time when cultural, religious and ethnic differences are increasingly contributing to instability and unrest in many regions of the world.
The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize, supported by the European Union, is open to journalists and photographers from print/on-line, radio and television. There will be a total prize pool of €3,000 for each region.
For more information about the prize visit: IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize
IFJ Asia-Pacific Project Office
Tel: + 612 9333 0999 or 612 9333 0950
Fax: + 612 9333 0933
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD OF DEVELOPMENT