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At a formal award ceremony in Tbilisi, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia awarded winners of the 2017 EU Prize for Journalism in six categories covering print, broadcast, online, and photo journalism. In addition, the European Union Monitoring Mission presented their special prize for conflict-sensitive journalism contributing to confidence building and peace.
The winners of EU Prize for Journalism 2017 are:
• Best written story in print or online news media: Salome Gorgodze (Tatia Khaliani co-author)
• Tinatin Zazadze
• Khatia Gogoberidze
• Best audio or audio-visual story in broadcast or online news media: Natia Orvelashvili
• Shorena Tkeshelashvili
• Eka Kevanishvili
• Best written investigative story in print or online news media: Nino Abdaladze (Nanuka Bregvadze – co-author)
• Nino Bakradze
• Nino Japiashvili
• Best investigative audio or audio-visual story in broadcast or online news media: Tskriala Shermadini
• Best online or print blog, opinion or column in print or online news media: Beka Korshia
• Best documentary photo: Dina Oganova
• Best conflict-sensitive journalistic work (the EUMM Special Prize): Nino Gogua
• Mariana Kotova
• Tamar Mearakishvili
• Nino Kharadze
Speaking at the ceremony, Mikolaj Bekasiak, Communications Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, said:
“As in earlier years, I am impressed by the quality of the works presented in the competition. This is good for Georgia, as in the constant stream of information of today’s world, professional and ethical journalism is becoming critical to the good functioning of any democracy. The EU is proud to provide a prize that rewards the efforts and the quality of journalists and we hope it also helps spread their work to a wider audience. Congratulations to the winners, we look forward to their further success in the future.”
Acting Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia Mr. Erik Hoeeg used the occasion to say that…
“The EUMM ‘Special Prize for Peace Journalism’ is given to the best conflict-sensitive journalistic work, contributing to confidence building and peace in the context of armed conflicts in Georgia . I am proud that the EUMM will be awarding this price for the 5th year tonight.
In a situation with unresolved conflicts and continuous tensions confidence building remains as important as ever. Independent, investigative media are essential in taking forward a process of dialogue between communities across the Administrative Boundary Lines. The award tonight is to an outstanding journalist that facilitates such a dialogue. Such journalists help us bridge the divide through their professional integrity, ethical, fair and prejudice free reporting, and conflict sensitive journalistic work.”
The winners of the first six categories received a cash prize of 3750 GEL each, while the winner of the EUMM Special Prize will receive a one-month fellowship at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London.
All works were reviewed by a four-member jury composed of Ekaterine Kadagishvili, Director of the Multimedia Education Centre and local producer for CNN (as the head of jury), and members Rayhan Demytrie, South Caucasus correspondent for BBC News, Maia Mikashavidze, professor of media and mass communication at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, and Goga Aptsiauri, journalism expert and the winner of EU Prize for Journalism 2014.
Entries for the contest must had been originally published/broadcast/posted between 19 November 2016 and 31 October 2017 in Georgian, English or Russian. For the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism, entries in Abkhazian and Ossetian languages have also been accepted.
The winning works can be found at www.euprizejournalism.eu
Photos from the event can be found here.