EU invokes Olympic Spirit with Human Rights Journalism Award
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) seeks to recognise excellence in reporting on non-discrimination and diversity by launching an EU Award for Journalists in Indonesia (#eu4wartawan) competition during the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games (18 August - 2 September and 6-13 October respectively) and the Festival Bebas Batas (12-29 October 2018).
The EU initiative, coming on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, aims to raise public awareness about the scope and relevance of the declaration and its values, namely non-discrimination, gender equality, tolerance and diversity. These values are in accordance with the Olympic Charter and its Fundamental Principles, which stipulate that every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit.
The Asian Games and Asian Para Games as well as the Bebas Batas (free of boundaries) art festival provide a unique opportunity to convey that message.
The EU believes that the media play a crucial role in highlighting the aforementioned issues and encouraging citizens and governments to take meaningful action to fight discrimination as well as guarantee the full enjoyment of human rights for all. The #eu4wartawan award aims to support Indonesian journalists who contribute to that objective.
Indonesian professional journalists from print and online media are invited to participate.
The deadline for submissions is 9 November 2018.
The five winning journalists will get the chance to participate in a one-week study visit to Europe, tentatively set for 2019, to meet EU experts and institutions in the human-rights and sports field as well as European civil society organisations.