The European Commission announced the winners of the European Journalist Awards on Diversity at the historical General Post Office in Dublin on Monday, 17th October. This Award recognises excellent journalism that promotes diversity and raises awareness of discrimination in the EU.
The 2016 edition of the European Journalist Award on Diversity was set up to reward journalism that promotes social acceptance and diversity of all faiths and beliefs, in other words, writing that fights discrimination based on religion or faith. Run by the European Commission with the support of Equinet and its members in choosing the winning articles, the objectives of the Award were to:
It is the first edition of the EU-wide award which is one of the follow-up actions announced in the conclusions of the first Fundamental Rights Colloquium that took place in Brussels last year. European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "This is an era in which we all have to make an extra effort to understand each other, see the world through the eyes of one’s neighbour or far-relative in order to combat fear or even hatred between peoples. Journalists offer us that essential opportunity to do so through their words and stories about people like us." Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, added: "Journalists play a key role in promoting an inclusive society. We should support journalists who investigate discrimination, injustice and write articles defending democracy, equality and respect for human rights."
In line with the theme of the Colloquium, the articles selected focused on "Promoting social acceptance and diversity of all faiths and beliefs". The articles were published over the past 1-2 years in all 28 EU Member States and they all showcase examples of print and online journalism promoting diversity and combatting discrimination. The jury was made up of experts on journalism and equality (including our Communication Officer Sarah Cooke O’Dowd), as well as European Commission staff. All winning articles will be presented here.
The Award was announced in conjunction with the 7th Annual Forum of Diversity Charters, which brought together businesses, academics and policymakers in Dublin to discuss how diversity can be better promoted.
Chosen from the best articles from the EU-28, the winning journalists were: