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Brussels, 5 February 2009

"For Diversity - Against Discrimination" Journalist Award – Questions and answers

1. "For Diversity – Against Discrimination" campaign

The information campaign entitled "For Diversity – Against Discrimination" was launched by the European Commission in 2003 to inform the people of Europe of their rights and responsibilities under legislation introduced throughout the European Union to combat discrimination.

The campaign is organised in the 27 EU Member States to make people aware of discrimination and the legislation against it, and to highlight the benefits of diversity.

It sets out to combat any discrimination based on a person's racial or ethnic origin in all areas of life (which is outlawed under the Racial Equality Directive of 2000) and any discrimination in the workplace based on age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief (illegal under the Employment Equality Directive of 2000).

2. Journalist Award

The Journalist Award is one of the main activities of the information campaign, and 2008 marks the fifth year of the award. It recognises on-line and press journalists in the EU who, through their work, help to combat discrimination and to foster a better public understanding of the benefits of diversity.

The award is open to EU journalists who write on issues of discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation.

For 2008 there is a special award on the Roma, a community which all too often is still subject to racial violence, hate speech and discrimination in accessing employment, education, health care and public and social services.

European Youth Press ( and the Association of European Journalists ( are partners in this year's award.

3. Campaign budget

The budget for the "For Diversity – Against Discrimination" information campaign" is about EUR 4 million per year.

The campaign, which was financed from 2003 to 2006 by the Community action programme to combat discrimination, has since 2007 been funded by PROGRESS. The budget set aside under the programme for actions to combat discrimination amounts to EUR 260 million over seven years.

4. Selection of articles

The winning entries in the 2008 Journalist Award were selected from over 545 articles from all 27 Member States. Eligible articles had to be written between 1 January and 31 October 2008. All entries were assessed according to the following criteria: relevance of information in relation to the topic, ability to grab the reader’s interest, treatment of the subject, research required for collecting information and resources, and the effort made in the preparation of the article and the quality of writing. National juries in each of the Member States selected national winners to go forward for the European award. An EU jury made up of media and anti-discrimination experts then selected the four winners.

See also IP/09/218

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