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2008

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Print media winner Mirjana Jakab and elctronic media winner Jelena Marinkovic

UNICEF AWARDS JOURNALISTS FOR ETHIC REPORTING ON CHILDREN AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Belgrade, 20 November 2008 – For the fifth time on the Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF Office in Serbia today awarded journalists for high quality and ethical reporting on children and children’s rights. This year, mobile communications service company “Telenor” joined in as a partner who provided special prizes.
The winners in the competition of 40 texts, radio and TV entries submitted by 30 authors are Ms. Mirjana Jakab for the article “A Disabled Child Too Is an Incest Victim” published in the Gradjanski List newspaper, and Ms. Jelena Marinkovic for the TV story “White-painted walls” in the production of TV Pirot.
The Jury consisted of: - Dr  Snjezana Milivojevic, Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences
- Mr. Dragan Janjic, Assistant Minister of  Culture of the Republic of Serbia
- Mr. Djordje Vlajic, BBC journalist
- Mr. Ljubomir Pejakovic, Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia
- Ms. Jadranka Milanovic, UNICEF Serbia Communication Officer
The media entries were reviewed based on the criteria related to the promotion of child rights and general criteria of professional reporting, including the quality and ethics in reporting and public benefit, and also whether the material could be considered as an initiator of positive changes in society and changes of social norms.  
 

STATEMENT OF THE JURY FOR THE UNICEF ANNUAL PRIZE FOR PRINT MEDIA IN 2008      

In the category of the print media, the best entry was submitted by Ms.  Mirjana Jakab entitled A DISABLED CHILD TOO IS A VICTIM OF INCEST about children, victims of sexual assault in the family, published in Novi Sad-based Gradjanski List newspaper. The author approached this extremely delicate topic carefully, taking special care not to violate the rights of any of the victims. She successfully avoided falling into a trap of sensationalism, which is particularly important considering the fact that the family and child’s right to privacy is one of the most frequently violated rights in the Serbian media. This is primarily due to the tendency of certain media to, in the search for a greater profit, violate the basic norms of the profession and ethical standards, and thus the basic principle of the respecting the right to privacy.
The article describes a series of sexual assaults against children. The author offers relevant information based on which the reader is able to make a judgment on the events themselves, managing at the same time to avoid addressing gloomy details that often harm the victims and violate their rights.
By reporting the data about the cases of sexual abuse within the family, an important objective has been achieved – to make the public aware of the fact that this is a phenomenon which has taken a hold and which needs much more attention. The message of the story is that violence against children is happening right here, next to us, and that we must recognise it and prevent it. The realisation of child rights to protection from abuse and neglect is a complex issue that implies the need for broad engagement and cooperation of all stakeholders, but in a subtle and responsible manner. In this respect, this article is an inciting call for action.     


STATEMENT OF THE JURY FOR THE UNICEF ANNUAL PRIZE FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA IN 2008

The Jury believes that among the entries from electronic media two authors deserve special mentions – Ms. Olivera Milos Todorovic for the project entitled “The Tree of Life” co-produced by RTV Studio B and Shok Art company, and Ms. Tatjana Los for the story “Play Football and Be Happy” about boys with special needs from the Pancevo football club Kliker in the production of Children’s Football Association and in the executive production of Media Link.

A decision was however unanimously made that the 2008 award should go to Ms. Jelena Marinkovic for TV story WHITE-PAINTED WALLS broadcast on TV Pirot.

As is the case in most of the entries submitted to this competition, this is a bitter story about difficult fate of children from a destroyed family - the three young Antics - Ivana, Vlada and Tanja - from the village Crvencevo near Pirot.  Five years ago the mother abandoned the family. The father died two years ago. The unavoidable companion of the emotional trauma became the existential one, and so is the issue of the best interest of the child. 

The elderly grandparents continued raising the children in an old house lacking basic hygienic conditions. And again the poverty is only a condensed collection of a number of factors that threaten child rights. Seemingly a stereotype of a personal misfortune and a non-existing family, this is a story about many similar fates. Luckily for the three young Antics, this time the society has been neither deaf nor rigid – the part of the system that takes care of the socially deprived, their immediate surroundings, the neighbours in Crvencevo, the local community that showed an enviable sensibility and solidarity. Although the initial decision was to place the children in a foster family, Ivana, Vlada and Tanja are going to stay with their grandparents who are the only remaining part of their biological family, their only link with the life and the setting they know well and in which they feel safe. They will stay in Crvencevo, in a new house with walls painted in white, built thanks to the solidarity of the community and local authorities.

This story has a happy end, because everything has functioned well and actions were timely, which does not happen often. Children’s natural environment has been preserved, their opinion has been respected, and they have realised their right to actively and equally participate in   making decisions that related to them themselves and their lives. At the same time, the institutions were reminded that each person’s circumstances are different and that every single case must be considered separately, that there must and can be flexibility within the system, and that untypical measures must be searched for in the best interest of the child as the best interest of the child is the supreme principle in the realisation of child rights.

The story of young Antics has been professionally told by Jelena Markovic from TV Pirot.

 

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