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2004

November 20, 2004 - On the ocassion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,  the UNICEF Belgrade Office today conferred the annual media prizes for high quality and ethical reporting on children and children's rights in Serbia. 

The total of 37 journalists with 45 entries were admitted in the competition. Two prizes were awarded – one for print and the other for electronic media.

The winners were chosen by a jury made up of Mr. Emir Kusturica - UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and Montenegro, Mr. Hari Stajner – the Media Centre representative, and Ms. Jadranka Milanovic - UNICEF Communication Officer, in consultation with an independent media and child rights expert, Prof. Nada Korac.

The winners are Ms. Snezana Prljevic of the Belgrade Daily Politika for the article entitled “Conscience on the Test” and Ms. Snezana Spica of the RTS Kraljevo for the TV report on “When Fortune Plays a Game”.
 
The award-winning article “Conscience on the Test” talks about children with disabilities, families with children with disabilities and their numerous daily problems, which remain unnoticed to their peers who do not share the same destiny. It is precisely because of this that their parents and caregivers should be given much more support. In her article, Snezana Prljevic reminds us all that this is not only about the money, and that these children must not be discriminated against, excluded and ghettoised. All the actors in the society - the governments, the administrative and legislative bodies - all of them must always and above all act in the best interest of the child.

TV feature “When Fortune Plays a Game” is a story about two children live all alone at the remote village of Orlja in the Raska District. They have no parents, no kind word from anyone, no support. They live in difficult conditions which are inappropriate not only for their age and needs. These children, however, are not helpless. They do not yield to their wretched fate. They do not succumb. Without a trace of pathos, but with much  warmth, the prize winning  author presents these children as great fighters, as those who firmly believe that sooner or later they too will get a tiny grain of happiness.


 

 

 
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