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Press Freedom Prize 2014 Focuses on Journalists in Greece

press freedomAustria’s branch of the international organization Reporters Without Borders announced that only journalists covering Greece will be eligible for this year’s “Press Freedom Prize 2014.”
“With this award we want to support journalists in Greece, men and women, who have risked their own safety, who have committed and serve the international achievements of Press Freedom and Media,” said Rubina Möhring, president of the Austrian branch of Reporters Without Borders.
“Critical and investigative reporting are the cornerstones of freedom of information society and are an essential part of living democracies,” she said.

“Greece also calls itself a democratic country. Why we want this award to support journalists who have committed themselves to the international standards of press and freedom of information at the risk of their own safety,”  Möhring added.
There are thousands of unemployed journalists in Greece, which slipped 14 places to 99th on this year’s Press Freedom Index of  180 countries.
“In Greece, journalists live in a climate of fear and mistrust,” said Katherine Sarikakis from the Institute of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the University of Vienna. “Many of them have no health insurance and no union, ” said Sarikakis.

Along with the Press Freedom Prize 2014, which will be awarded next December, the winner will also receive 6,000 euros
The prize is offered to critical, informative and investigative publications covering: politics, press freedom, human rights, corruption, societal issues or related topics.
Essay entries should address the issues of democracy and human rights and can be from printed publications or electronic media, as well as radio or television shows or even books that have been published or presented in Greek media between May 3, 2013 and May 3, 2014. English translations must be provided, and the deadline for entries is September 3.

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