Tbilisi, 23 March 2021— The 2020 EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism was awarded today to Ketevan Magradze from Pankisi Community Radio for her piece, “Buznege, Salam, Dzabakhum –Three Days in Captivity in Tskhinvali.”
The prize will give Ms. Magradze the opportunity to participate in a one-month fellowship at the Headquarters of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, in London.
“Independent, conflict-sensitive journalism is essential to build confidence and lasting peace. This is why EUMM is really honoured to reward some of the best journalistic pieces in that field in Georgia every year,” commented EUMM’s Head of Mission, Ambassador Marek Szczygieł. “Media plays a key role in building strong, healthy and peaceful democracies, and it is encouraging to witness their commitment.”
Every year since 2013, the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism rewards ethical, independent and conflict-sensitive journalism. This contributes to confidence-building among communities, one of the priorities of the Mission in line with its Mandate.
In 2020, 44 journalists entered the competition for the EUMM Special Prize. In addition to the winner, the following journalists each received an honourable mention:
- Giorgi Chagelishvili from Georgian Public Broadcaster for “Dividing Lines”
- Nino Lomadze from Indigo for “Revive the Memory”
- Maia Pipia from Radio Atinati for “London-Calcutta: Traces of Indo-European Telegraph in Sukhumi and Zugdidi”.
The EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism constitutes one of the seven categories of the EU Prize for Journalism, which the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia organises annually. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Award Ceremony was held in a digital format.
The EUMM-sponsored prize was organised in partnership with the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
Established in 2012, the EU Prize for Journalism is an annual event that encourages professionalism and ethical conduct in Georgian journalism, organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia. The rules of the EU Prize for Journalism have been inspired by the principles of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and seek to encourage professionalism and ethics in the Georgian Journalism. Read more: https://www.euprizejournalism.ge/en/home
The EUMM Special Prize for conflict-sensitive journalism rewards media outlets contributing to confidence building and peace. It was launched in 2013 as one of the seven categories of the EU Prize for Journalism in Georgia. Read more: https://eumm.eu/en/press_and_public_information/speacial_prize
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting is an independent non-profit organization that works with media and civil society to promote positive change in conflict zones, closed societies and countries in transition around the world. Read more: https://iwpr.net/