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Germany opens Development Media Awards to international applicants

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) have agreed to open The German Development Media Awards to applicants from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

The German Development Media Awards recognise excellence in human rights and development journalism. The awards champion media independence around the world and emphasize the important role human rights and development work play in strengthening democracy, good governance, civil society and the freedom of the press.

Germany’s State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz and DW Akademie Director Gerda Meuer presented the new concept for the German Development Media Awards. “We want to show that human rights aren’t abstract theory, but that they influence the development of every single one of us,” said Mr Beerfeltz.  “The aim of the new initiative, he said, is to encourage journalists around the world to report critically on grievances and abuses, but also to tell successful and unusual stories about development”, Ms Meuer added.

Journalists from the Awards’ target regions are eligible to compete for one of the seven categories. Their entries can be stories in all journalistic formats: print, radio, TV and online. While the competition is open to Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish languages, other entries can be accepted provided they are in one of Deutsche Welle’s 30 broadcast languages, and are accompanied by a translation into one of the official competition languages.

Overall winners will be chosen for Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Germany. The winner of the seventh media award – the People’s Choice Award for Human Rights Photography – will be determined by an online vote.

More information on the Awards is available from the DW website.