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UNICEF Office in Serbia confers annual media prize for quality and ethical reporting on children and child rights

From left: Members of the Jury, UNICEF Area representative and UNICEF award-winning journalists Branislav Grkovic and Dejan Radulovic.
© UNICEF Serbia/2007
Members of the Jury, UNICEF Area representative and award-winning journalists Branislav Grkovic and Dejan Radulovic.

BELGRADE, 20 November 2007 - In celebration of the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF Office in Serbia today conferred the annual media prize for quality and ethical reporting on children and child rights.

The prize was established in 2004, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The prize recognises the efforts of electronic and print media in pursuing better news coverage of children's issues. The underlying principle of the award is that enhanced awareness of the practices already operating and those in the launching stage will help to make practical, tangible progress for children in Serbia.

This year, there were 40 entries by 20 journalists from print and electronic media (radio and television).

The Jury members were

  • Dr. Snjezana Milivojevic, Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, and expert in media
  • Ms. Ljiljana Lucic, Vice President of the Council for Child Rights of the Republic of Serbia and State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
  • Ms. Monika Lajhner, Communication Officer, Council of Europe Mission in Belgrade
  • Mr. Djordje Vlajic, Vice President of the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS) and BBC Serbia journalist
  • Ms. Jadranka Milanovic, Communication Officer, UNICEF Serbia

The Jury has reviewed the entries taking into consideration the general journalistic criteria, including the investigative work, the writing style, public benefit, whether the approach was ethical, original, innovative and whether the media report incites positive changes in the society and change of social norms.

Among the works broadcast in the electronic media, the Jury unanimously agreed that the best was the "Halted Childhood" TV story by Mr. Dejan Radulovic, aired by TV Avala.

In the print media competition, the Jury agreed that “The Abusers” by Mr. Branislav Grkovic published in the VREME weekly magazine was the best.

The Council of Europe (CoE) announced that the awarded journalists will be invited to attend the CoE General Assembly in Strasbourg in January 2008. The journalists will  attend the session and also visit the Directorate for Child Rights to get acquainted with the work of this body.

 

 

 

 

UNICEF Annual media prize for quality and ethical reporting on children and child rights

Celebrating 18 years of child rights

Related links

UNICEF in Serbia


The State of Children in Serbia 2006 Report – Poor and Excluded Children
Republic Statistical Office in Serbia, Council for Child Rights of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF Belgrade Office


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