Freedom of the Press competition 2011

The contest, organized by the European Youth Press in collaboration with the Council of Europe, calls on young journalists to take part in a contest on freedom of expression, which is defined as: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers”.

This year’s theme is inspired by one of the most important articles of the European Convention of Human Rights – article 10. Without a free media and plurality of opinion, democratic societies can no longer exist. Yet contemporary media are under threat from violence against journalists, attempts at government control, concentration of ownership of media outlets, dwindling standards in press freedom and the surge of the internet as a source of instant news.

Eligibility and categories
Four categories are open to contestants between the ages of 18 and 30: photography, video, radio and print journalism.

Prizes
Winners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000 at a ceremony during the October 2011 session of the Parliamentary Assembly.

How to apply
To take part in the contest, upload your media on:http://www.youthmedia.eu/session/new and press “Add to contest” on your medias page.

Deadline: 1 August 2011

Find out more on: http://www.youthmedia.eu/groups/136-freedom-of-the-press-2011