The European Union awarded the “For Diversity. Against Discrimination” prize to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung for raising awareness of discrimination.
A Hungarian journalist won second place and an article from Finland received a special prize for focusing on the link between poverty and discrimination. The three winners will each receive a grant for a research trip to an EU country of their choice. The European Commission is also launching the 2010 edition of the “For Diversity. Against Discrimination” award, called EU Journalist Award – Together against discrimination. The competition is open to both print and online journalists who write about discrimination and diversity issues. Articles must be published between 1 September 2009 and 17 September 2010.
On 29 April 2010 a ceremony in Brussels will honour those journalists who, through their writing, help foster a better understanding of the benefits of diversity. These reporters encourage readers to consider discrimination and inequality issues more closely. This year, the Commission is dedicating a special award to an article about the links between poverty and discrimination issues.
2009 Award Winners
Kathrin Löther, a young student journalist from Germany, won first prize for her article “Das Lieben der Anderen” (“The Love of Others”), which was published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The winning article addresses the issue of love between people with disabilities, raising awareness of this topic in a warm and human way.
István Balla was the runner-up winner for his article in the Hungarian online magazine Figyelőnet on the living conditions of Roma children (Mit látnak Budapestből a cigány gyerekek? (“What do Roma Children See of Budapest?”).
Finally, Hanna Nikkanen received a special award for “Kerrosten välissä” (“Stuck in between”). Her article in the monthly magazine Voima tells the story of a migrant facing poverty in Finland.
The winning articles can be found on: http://journalistaward.stop-discrimination.info/
Launch of entries for the 2010 award
Meanwhile, the 2010 edition of the journalist award is now open for entries. The competition is open to both print and online journalists who write on issues of discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation. Articles must be published between 1 September 2009 and 17 September 2010 in a print or online media outlet that has its main editorial office in one of the 27 EU Member States. The deadline for submitting articles via the award website is 17 September 2010.