Free Press Unlimited Seeks Nominations for its 2019 Free Press Awards

Leon Willems, Director Policy and Programmes of Free Press Unlimited
Leon Willems, Director Policy and Programmes of Free Press Unlimited

The Amsterdam-based international non-governmental organization in the Netherlands, Free Press Unlimited, has announced the opening of nominations for the fifth edition of the Frees Press Awards aimed at celebrating the work of the best journalists and media professionals. The awards recognise the exceptional work in the categories of Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist which will be conferred at Free Press live event in November 2019 in the Hague

These awards will recognise those journalists who have a strong commitment to press freedom and independent information. Nominations for the awards will be judged by an independent panel of international experts. The winner in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category will receive a media scholarship by choice. The winner of the ‘Most Resilient Journalist’ category will receive a cash prize of €15,000. Winners in both categories receive an all-expenses-paid visit to the awards ceremony in November, where the prices will be conferred in person.

The event hopes to encourage journalists who have new ideas to ensure stories will always be told as well as honour journalists who risk everything to bring the news to the public; media pioneers who pave the way for equality and justice and those who persevere under the most difficult circumstances.

Anyone in the broader field of journalism could be nominated – from professional reporters, editors, photojournalists, technologists and media professionals to citizen journalists, cartoonists or bloggers. People working in print, broadcast or online media, in any country around the world are eligible.

There are no geographical limitations on eligibility for the prize – entries from any country or region will be considered.

Nominations should be received before July 15, 2019 (00:00 CEST).

Free Press Unlimited supports journalists worldwide on a daily basis and uses the Free Press live event as an opportunity to draw attention to the risks journalists take. The organisers believe that journalists should report the news and not be the news. During the event, stories of journalists who will continue, no matter what, will be shared.

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