CEI Award 2008 for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

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BACKGROUND: The Central European Initiative (CEI) has traditionally paid particular attention to the area of information and media and encouraged the role of independent media in its Member States. In view of the difficult conditions under which journalists are frequently exercising their profession, the CEI, in cooperation with the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), announces the launch of the CEI Award for Outstanding Merits in Journalism, which in 2008 will have a focus on investigative journalism.

The award will be bestowed in cooperation with the on the occasion of the "CEI Forum for Journalists" , to be held in Wroclaw, Poland, on 2-3 June 2008.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION: The Award is open to nationals of CEI Member States (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine) who have acquired in the recent past special merits in investigative journalism and who are still active in journalism.

The competing journalists should be nominated by individuals/ organisations/ media companies. Self-nominations are not allowed. All media are accepted: print, broadcast, news agency or Internet.

AWARD: The winning candidate will receive an award of 5.000 EUR which will be bestowed on the occasion of the CEI Journalists' Forum in Wroclaw, on 2-3 June 2008. The winner will be invited to attend the Forum and his/her participation expenses will be covered by the CEI.

COMPOSITION OF THE JURY: The Jury will be composed of distinguished journalists coming from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Poland and Romania. The jury is chaired by the Polish member since Poland is the organising country of the annual CEI Journalists' Forum.

Amb Harald Kreid, Alternate Director General of the CEI Executive Secretariat, Mr Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General of SEEMO, Mr Hari Stajner (CEI expert in media issues from Serbia) will act as advisers.

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION: Applications should include the following documentation:

1. Application Form, please contact info@seemo.org

2. Relevant supporting material (e.g. summary of the presentations of the candidate's merits; Curriculum Vitae of the candidate; details of the media which published/broadcasted the reports).

CLOSING DATE: The deadline for applications is 31 March 2008. Applications should be submitted by regular mail or e-mail to: Ms Barbara Fabro, Senior Executive Officer, CEI Executive Secretariat, Via Genova, 9, 34121 Trieste, Italy, Tel. +39 040 77 86 777/725, Fax +39 040 36 06 40, fabro@cei-es. org

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