EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell awarded the winners in six categories covering print, broadcast, online, and photo journalism. Ambassador Marek Szczygieł, Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission awarded the winner of the Special Prize for conflict-sensitive journalism contributing to confidence building and peace.
Ambassador Carl Hartzell emphasized the importance of the EU Prize: “The 10th anniversary of the EU Journalism Prize is taking place against the backdrop of war in Europe. An unprovoked and unjustified war waged by Russia against Ukraine.
While we are in no mood for celebration this year, our desire to pay tribute to professional, honest and courageous media is stronger than ever.
This year we mark the 3rd of May Press Freedom Day as Ukrainian journalists sacrifice their lives to share the truth about Russia’s barbaric actions. And as Russia has further restrained its press freedom and is feeding its population with disinformation and propaganda.
The purpose of the EU Prize for Journalism has probably never been more relevant than now, as we have stronger reasons than ever to value those who serve the truth with strong ethics and professionalism.
In support of this objective, I am proud to launch the 11th edition of the EU Journalism Prize today. As always, we hope that this Prize will serve to recognise and inspire experienced journalists as well as to attract newcomers to this very important profession.”
Ambassador Marek Szczygieł, Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission: “The EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism is more relevant than ever in light of the ongoing Russian aggression on Ukraine. This is a tragic reminder that peace in Europe cannot be taken for granted. With their conflict-sensitive reporting, journalists can contribute to confidence-building and conflict-resolution. With our annual EUMM Peace Prize, we celebrate journalists who, with their stories, improve the prospects for peace in Georgia and the wider region”.
The winners and finalists of the EU Prize for Journalism 2021 are:
A: Best story in print or online media
Winner: Tamar Babuadze (Indigo)
Honourable mentions: Nino Lomadze, Maradia Tsaava
B: Best feature story in broadcast or online media
Winner: Anastasia Slovinskaia (Radio Liberty)
Honourable mentions: Gvantsa Nadibaidze, Ana Maskharashvili
C: Best investigative story in print, online, or broadcast media
Winner: Zurab Modebadze (Liberty Monitor)
Honourable mentions: Tskriala Shermadini, Nino Ramishvili
D: Best online or print blog, opinion or column in print, online or broadcast media
Winner: Khatia Ghoghoberidze (On.ge)
Honourable mentions: Kamran Mamedli, Tea Topuria
E: The most innovative and original piece of work in print, broadcast or online media
Winner: Tinatin Nachkebia (Indigo)
Honourable mentions: Nata Tabidze, Ketevan Tutberidze
F: Best documentary photo reflecting EU values
Winner: Giorgi Shengelia (Indigo)
Honourable mentions: Sophio Mdivnishvili, Saba Gorgodze
G: Best conflict-sensitive journalistic work (EUMM special prize)
Winner: Zviad Mchedlishvili (newscaucasus.com)
Honourable mentions: Oktiabrina Tsikoridze, Suliko Tsitsikashvili, Mariam Jatchvadze.
The winners of the first six categories will receive a cash prize of approximately 6 000 GEL each, while the winner of the EUMM Special Prize will receive a one-month fellowship at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London.
The winning works can be found at www.euprizejournalism.eu
About the EU Prize for Journalism 2021:
155 journalists and photographers, who published their works in the online, broadcast and print media between 15 December, 2020 and 30 November, 2021, submitted them for the EU Prize for Journalism 2021.
All entries were reviewed and assessed by a four-member jury, composed of local and international media professionals:
- Natia Abramia- Manager of Quality Control and Risk Management for the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC. She has 20 years of experience working in Georgian and international media. At various times, since 2006, she has been the Editor of the BBC World News Radio, TV, Online and Social Platforms. After the announcement of the Brexit referendum in 2016, Natia Abramia was the producer of the BBC’s main political show – “Newsnight”. Currently, her job is to optimize the operations and resources of BBC and to increase management efficiency.
- Nana Sajaia- is an award-winning journalist and producer with a focus on the Post-Soviet region. A native of Georgia, currently she is a producer at the Fox News politics unit in the D.C Bureau. Nana has previously worked as an International Broadcaster at the Voice of America Georgian Service, where she covered Georgia and Eurasia-related topics for different media platforms in Georgian and English languages. She has extensively reported on major regional political developments, elections in Georgia and Ukraine, Russia’s occupation of Georgian territories, U.S.-Georgia relations, Eastern European partnership, NATO enlargement, and Kremlin disinformation in the Caucasus and Eurasia. Nana received a BA in English language from Tbilisi State University, and an MA in journalism and media management from Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). In 2007 she was selected as a Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellow and did her Master’s studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at North Dakota State University. Nana has been practicing journalism for more than ten years now, served as an editor of local publications such as Georgia Today and weekly political magazine Liberali, and has worked for international media outlets in the region such as BBC World Service, France 24, and TOL. Before joining Fox News, Nana was a researcher at PEN American Center – a worldwide association of writers, defending freedom of expression and supporting persecuted writers.
- Lia Chakhunashvili- Over the past 20 years, Lia Chakhunashvili has managed several major media development programs in Georgia, when working at IREX and at BBC World Service Trust. She studied journalism at Tbilisi State University and earned a graduate degree in mass communications at San Jose State University. In 2007-2009, Lia Chakhunashvili was Dean at Caucasus School of Media, Caucasus University, and in 2010-2011 she was a member of the Public Broadcaster Board of Trustees.
- Guram Tsibakhashvili - A photographer. Has been delivering lectures in photography since 1991. Has participated in up to 60 exhibitions, including up to 20 personal ones. Has published articles on photography and contemporary art. Photo Editor of the Magazine “Amarta” since 1999 - 2007. Co-founder of "Tbilisi Photography House" since 2007. Invited Lecturer on the History of Photography at two Georgian universities (Tbilisi State University, Caucasus University).
More information is available at www.euprizejournalism.ge
On 2 March, the European Union Delegation to Georgia will announce the winners of the EU Prize for Journalism in Georgia, which rewards the highest standards of journalistic ethics, professionalism and quality.
The 10th ceremony will be livestreamed on the EU Delegation Facebook page.
Established by the European Union Delegation to Georgia in 2012, the EU Prize for Journalism encourages professionalism and ethical conduct in Georgian journalism. The Special Prize for conflict-sensitive journalism rewards media outlets contributing to confidence building and peace and is handed out by the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM).
The winners of the first six categories will receive monetary prizes. The winner of the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism will receive a 30–day fellowship with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London.
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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the developments at the occupation line, close to the village Chorchana situated in the territory controlled by the government of GeorgiaFriday, 30 August 2019 17:48
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses concern about mobilisation of military equipment and personnel by the occupation forces at the occupation line, close to the village Chorchana situated in the territory controlled by the government of Georgia.
Such destructive actions, as wells as the totally unacceptable statements of the leaders of the occupation regime represent yet another provocation, which further aggravates the security environment and aims at destabilisation of the situation.
Georgia fully complies with the undertaken commitments, firmly pursues the peaceful conflict resolution policy and uses all the available diplomatic instruments in order to reach deescalation of the situation and stopping the illegal processes.
The Georgian side continues to inform the international community about the developments on the ground and works closely with the Co-chairmen of the Geneva International Discussions, the EUMM and the diplomatic corps accredited in Tbilisi.
At the same time the Georgian delegation raised the issue at the meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in Ergneti on the 29th of August.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to cease such illegal actions, implement its international commitments, inter alia the 12 August, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to give due reaction on the illegal developments at the occupation line and take the relevant measures to ensure these actions are ceased.
The Chair of the EU Integration Committee, Ms. Tamar Khulordava held the meeting with the Head of EUMM, Ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas and the Head of Informational Analytical Department Accounts Department, Mr. Kaupo Känd.
Ms. Khulordava hailed the decision made by the European Council on extension of the Mission for 2 years. She hoped that the EUMM will implement the mandate not only on the territory controlled by the Georgian Government but beyond the administrative borders as well.
The parties discussed plebiscite on closing the check-points at Abkhazia administrative border and emphasized necessity of reconciliation and confidence-building.
The EUMM representatives congratulated Georgia with successful visa liberalization decision and emphasized the new opportunities envisaging EU integration of Georgia. The parties underlined that the citizens residing on the occupied territories shall as well enjoy the benefits. Ms. Khulordava spoke about the legislative activity of the Committee and the priorities of the reforming envisaged under the EUAA.
Batumi has become a platform for the high-level events - 13th international conference "Georgia's European Way - Stability, Development and Diversity" has opened today.
Prime Minister of Georgia addressed the participants of the Conference. Pursuant to him, it is significant that 13th annual conference takes place in European city of Batumi - the crossroads of Greek, Roman, and Ottoman civilizations from ancient times
"Georgia is Europe" - this was the opening message of the Prime Minister's speech, who considers that Georgia's history is linked forever to Europe's.
"Of course, it is not enough simply to say it to make it happen. We understand this, which is why Georgians are dedicated to doing all that is required-and more-to become a full member of the European Union. I am certain you will agree that our progress is impressive. I am pleased to confirm that Georgia is making steady progress in implementing the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. The Agreement represents our roadmap for reforms in the economy, the environment, energy, industry, transport, consumer protection, and many other areas. We have already overhauled our legal and electoral systems aggressively. We have fulfilled all visa liberalization requirements, according to the European Commission and the European Parliament. Moreover, we met and applied many of the Agreement's provisions even before the agreement officially entered into force on July 1st,"- Prime Minister indicated.
According to him, Georgia is deadly serious about Georgia becoming full member of the EU. He welcomed the European Council's decision two weeks ago to convene a special meeting in Slovakia in mid-September to review the future of European integration.
"We urge EU members to understand that Georgia's commitment to Europe represents not a new problem for the EU to solve but a visible demonstration of everything right with the Union. Georgia does not mean more injury to the EU. Rather, it is a useful tourniquet to injury occurring elsewhere. It is hard for us to imagine a better advertisement for defending our unique European values than Georgia's passionate desire to share them wholly.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the time for the EU to turn inward, to become consumed by injuries to our body while ignoring its vibrant healthy parts. We very much hope, therefore, that the process of admitting Georgia will be concluded at the earliest possible opportunity," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
Head of the Government also elaborated on the NATO Warsaw Summit results. He outlined that Georgia's place is among NATO's most active members. He emphasized Georgia's contribution to the cause of strengthening international peace and noted that Georgia will spare no effort on its path to its Euro-Atlantic integration.
Prime Minister highlighted Georgian reform agenda and importance of holding fair and free environment for the October elections.
"This October Georgia is moving towards legislative elections, which the polls suggest will be highly contested. We have conducted successful free Presidential and local elections, and we will complete the circle with the legislative elections,"-Prime Minister stated.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili also elaborated on regional developments as well as Georgia's leading positions in region and situation in the occupied territories.
"These developments are particularly alarming in Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia - given the absence of any international monitoring on the ground. The EUMM is denied access to the occupied territories and thus cannot fulfill its mandate. We must, therefore, redouble our efforts to restore a comprehensive OSCE presence in Georgia," - Prime Minister stated.
Pursuant to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia will continue our efforts to restore confidence, promote reconciliation and consolidate Georgian, Abkhazian and Ossetian, as well as other ethnic societies in one country.
He also presented his vision on future of Europe.
"This is kind of Europe we want to see: Europe that is open, tolerant and relevant to citizens; Europe that is self-confident and embraces technological change to promote economic growth; Europe without walls or barriers; Europe that can increasingly take care of its own security and be a provider of peace and stability in the world. In other words, we want to see united and free Europe," - Prime Minister stated.
State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze and Honorary President of GLOBSEC Policy Institute Rastislav Káčer. The opening ceremony was attended by European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Speaker of Parliament of Georgia David Bakradze, as well as members of legislative and executive branches of government, representatives of private, civic and academic sectors of EU and its member states as well as Eastern Partnership countries.
The apparatus of the State Ministry on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration organizes the event. GLOBSEC Policy Institute is the partner of this year's conference.
As a part of the state visit of the President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Andrej Kiska, the Presidents have discussed the issue of further deepening relations between Georgia and Slovakia at the face-to-face meeting and emphasized that this visit is consider as a sign of special friendship and partnership between our countries.
The discussion was focused on the recent developments in the occupied territories and on an increasing number of human rights violations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. The ongoing security environment was also highlighted, during the meeting.
The President of Georgia has expressed gratitude to the President of the Slovak Republic for continues support of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, also, for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-recognition policy.
It was highlighted the contribution of the Slovak Republic to the EUMM and the engagement in the implementation process of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package. Also, it was emphasized the strong support and valuable contribution of the Slovak Republic towards Georgia’s European Integration through the transfer of experience.
It is interest of Georgian government to further strengthen political, economic, and cultural cooperation with Slovak Republic in the light of bilateral and multilateral relations.