The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday launched a global journalism prize which aims to promote tolerance and understanding.
The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize, promoting tolerance, combating racism and discrimination, was launched at the annual meeting of world press freedom groups being held in Africa. The Prize, which will be awarded to journalists in five regions of the world, was the highlight of a special session of the International Freedom of Expression (IFEX) meeting in Dakar, Senegal.
The Prize 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, which is the world's largest organisation of journalists, first announced plans for the prize a year ago at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, only days before the terrorist attacks on New York.
The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize, supported by the European Union, will be awarded to journalists in five regions: Latin America; Central and Western Africa; Eastern and Southern Africa; South Asia and South East Asia. In each region three prizes will be awarded: one each for entries from print/on-line, radio and television.
Entry forms are available from the IFJ, journalists' organisations in each region or online www.ifj.org
Entry is free and will close on 7 JANUARY 2003
Three separate categories: television, radio and print/on-line
Entries must have been published/broadcast between 1 JANUARY 2002 and 31 DECEMBER 2002