Belgrade, 20 November 2007 – UNICEF today awarded two Serbian journalists for quality and ethical reporting on children and their rights. The winners are Mr. Dejan Radulovic of Avala TV for “Halted Childhood” and Mr. Branislav Grkovic for the article “The Abusers” published in the Vreme weekly.
The TV story “Halted Childhood” is a touching, but professionally high quality production on growing up under difficult circumstances, about poverty as an environment in which children’s rights are violated repeatedly. The story does not focus a personal plight or an incident, but rather on social vulnerability and exclusion. It presents extremely adverse social circumstances of children in the Markovic family. The fate of children in this particular case extrapolates to fates of children in many other similar families. This story is a powerful document of the contemporary time.
Mr. Grkovic’s article “The Abusers” is about child pornography as one of the most despicable forms of child abuse by adults. The story exposes the pattern by which the new era of technology mirrors the old power imbalance, readiness of abusers to transpose their old criminal habits to the cyberspace and empowered by the new technology occupy that space before children have even stepped into it. It is an excellent and convincing piece of investigative work: diverse sources and quality insights. The articles appeals for the organised fight against this form of crime and violence by good preparation and introduction of adequate policies.