The IFJ and the European Commission Reward the Best in Global Journalism

The International Federation of Journalists and the European Commission will honour the pick of world’s journalism at a special prizegiving ceremony to be held at the International Press Centre Residence Palace in Brussels on 24 October. Five top-class journalists from Africa, Asia, the Arab World, Europe and Latin America will receive prizes from Commission Vice-President Neil Kinnock as the winners of The 2003 Natali Prize for Journalism, which is presented to the cream of reporting on human rights, democracy and development.

The European Commission established The Natali Prize in 1992 to promote quality journalism and to commemorate the dedication of former Vice-President of the European Commission, Lorenzo Natali. Since 1999 the prize has been administered by the IFJ, the world's largest organisation of journalists, which represents 500,000 journalists in more than 100 countries.

“This year we have seen a record number of entries and an unprecedented standard of journalism,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “It is a testament to the continuing value of good reporting on democracy and human rights.”

The Natali Prize is awarded to print and on-line journalists who have demonstrated a striking insight and particular dedication to the reporting of human rights issues within the context of development. Each winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize of 10,000 Euro.

The Prizegiving Ceremony will take place within the scope of a whole-day event including a Round Table discussion on globalisation, a benefit jazz concert for the newly established International News Safety Institute, as well as a debate on the media crisis in Algeria and the Arab world. (On 24 October, the IFJ will promote an international day of solidarity to highlight the growing crisis facing independent journalism in Algeria).

The Prizegiving Ceremony begins at 9:30 am and will take place in the POLAK room on the ground floor of the International Press Centre Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels. The event is open to all. RSVP before 22nd October.

Programme for the 2003 Natali Prizegiving Ceremony and List of Nominees

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