The winning article entitled “Seeing black and right” was published on the Malta Today on the 30th October 2011. The Head of the EC Representation in Malta, Mr Martin Bugelli, presented the certificate and a gift voucher to Ms Muscat at the EC Representation Office in Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta.
Mr Bugelli congratulated Caroline Muscat for having won this award for the second year running, clearly indicating her commitment to a non-discriminatory environment in Maltese society. He stressed the importance of always considering people on the basis of their individuality as a whole person, and not prejudging and relating with others on the basis of any one particular attribute, which has no bearing on the validity of individuals as persons.
The winning article looked into the humanitarian aspect of racism in Malta. The jury panel remarked that the article was very well researched and carried a good EU related component. The jury added that it went beyond the institutional type of discrimination and that because of its human element, the story captured the reader’s interest. Ms Muscat’s article will now be representing Malta at the European level of the competition.
An independent jury, chaired by Dr Angelo Chetcuti, Press and Political Officer at the EC Representation, assessed the 31 submissions by Maltese journalists.
More than 900 articles from across the European Union were submitted in this competition raising awareness about discrimination and diversity. In March, a European jury will select the overall winner of the 2011 European Journalists Award competition. All national winners will participate in this second round. For the eight year running, this award honours journalists who contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of diversity and the fight against discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin.
Photocaption: Mr Martin Bugelli, Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta, presenting the national certificate and prize to Ms Caroline Muscat at Dar l-Ewropa.