The contest is open for teams of newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV companies, groups of authors and teams, and individual journalists. The contest objective is to attract attention of Belarusian community to the problem of refugees and asylum seekers.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
and
International Non–governmental Association for Scientific Research, Information and Educational Programmes “Evolutio

announce a contest for the best material in mass media in 2008 devoted to
Problem of refugees: myths and reality

Contest objective

To attract attention of Belarusian community to the problem of refugees and asylum seekers.

Contest targets

  • Presentation of issues related to asylum and migration;
  •  Informing of Belarusian community about the problem of refugees and asylum seekers;
  • Explanation of differences between refugees and other categories of migrants;
  • Development of respect to refugees among population of the Republicof Belarus;
  • Development of tolerance and fight against xenophobia in society;
  • Enhancement of cooperation between mass media and governmental, civil and international organizations working on refugees and migration.

Nominations

  • The best author of the national mass media;
  • The best author of the regional mass media
  • The best newspaper/magazine publication, internet publication or TV/radio material in the national mass media;
  • The best newspaper/magazine publication, internet publication or TV/radio material in the regional mass media;
  • The best mass medium or group of authors;
  • The best documentary film scenario;
  • The best student’s work.

Prizes

Winners in nominations: the best author of the national mass media; the best author of the regional mass media; the best newspaper/magazine publication, internet publication or TV/radio material in the national mass media; the best newspaper/magazine publication and internet publication or TV/radio material in the regional mass media will be awarded 600 000 (sixty hundred thousand) roubles each. Each of the above nominations also includes incentive awards.

The winner in the nomination “The best mass medium or group of authors” will be awarded a lap top computer.

The winner in the nomination “The best documentary film scenario” will receive financial support for its shooting.

The winners in the nomination “The best student’s work” will have a study trip to one of CIS countries for 3–5 days.

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The contest is open for teams of newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV companies, groups of authors and teams, and individual journalists.

The contest participants can use any kinds of materials published or aired from 1 January to 15 December 2008.

Original printed materials, sound or video materials with air corrections and the filled questionnaires for participants shall be submitted.

The works for “The contest for journalists” shall be forwarded to the address::
220072, Minsk, ul. Akademicheskaya, 25, room 406.
International Non–governmental Association for Scientific Research, Information and Educational Programmes “Evolutio

Materials shall not be edited or returned. The submission deadline is: 15 December 2008.

We are ready to answer your questions by the phone: (017) 284 00 13 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our web pages: http://www.unhcr.org.by, http://www.evolutio.info

The contest is organized within the joint EC – UNHCR project “Strengthening the Protection capacity in Belarus”