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Brussels, 2 May 2005

French journalists win first EU “For Diversity. Against Discrimination” Award

The first prize of the EU Journalist "For Diversity. Against Discrimination“ Award has been won by a group of four journalists from France. The winning article "Raciste, l'entreprise?" by the team Pascale-Marie Deschamps, Michel Derenbourg, Claire Aubé and Lionel Steinmann takes a frank look at racial discrimination in the workplace. The second and the third prizes were won by articles from Denmark and Hungary respectively. The three winners will be presented with their prizes of a trip to an EU country of their choice with a tailored journalistic programme by Vladimir Špidla, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

The EU award recognises journalists whose work has contributed to better public understanding of the benefits of diversity and the fight against discrimination in employment. Finalists are selected by an independent jury. “It takes courage to raise the controversial discrimination issues that were discussed in the articles,” explains Mr Špidla. “The winners have contributed to the goal of preventing discrimination in employment.” The award is part of a five-year EU information campaign to combat discrimination in the workplace.

The three winning articles were selected out of 250 entries from all 25 Member States. Over the year, online and print journalists submitted articles on issues of discrimination and the benefits of diversity in employment. Entries were judged according to their news value, relevance, complexity of research, originality of the subject and significance for the general public.

The second prize went to the Danish article “Bidragerne – Integrationsavisen” (The Integration Paper – The Contributors) by Orla Borg in the daily newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, which particularly stands out for its straightforward and practical approach to complex and controversial issues. The Hungarian contribution “Befogadó nemzet” (The Inclusive Nation) from the magazine Magyar Narancs by Zita Kempf was nominated for its very clear portrayal of the national anti-discrimination law within the Hungarian society.

For more information on the Journalist Award 2005, all national winning articles from each Member State and details of how to submit entries,

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