Freedom of the Press Contest

Deadline: 31 May 2011
Open to: all young journalists between the ages of 18 and 30
Award: winners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000

“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…”

The Award is organized by the European Youth Press in collaboration with the Council of Europe.

Freedom of the media is not a given. Over the last ten years, 1,100 journalists and media staff have been killed in the line of duty, according to the International News Safety Institute. In certain countries, governments still attempt to control the media. The concentration process that allows holding companies to control several media outlets reduces the diversity of information sources. On the other hand, the rise of the internet as a new medium has pushed back the boundaries what can and cannot be said and published.


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.


This year’s theme is MEDIA FREEDOM and the competition started on 1st March, with a deadline of 31 May.
Four categories are open to contestants between the ages of 18 and 30: photography, video, radio and print journalism.


Winners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000 at a ceremony during the June 2010 session of the Parliamentary Assembly.

How to Apply

To upload your entry, visit Youth Media official website.

The Official Website

12 thoughts on “Freedom of the Press Contest

    1. Hi, paramour,

      So I found it in the FAQ section:
      "How can I submit a media to a contest?

      First you have to upload the media. Afterwards you can see your media and you can submit it to the contest using the "Add to contest" link on the right pane"

      So, i think there must be some "upload" and "add to contest" option.

      Good luck,


    1. Hi, there,

      as it is not specified above (the non-EU journalists are not said to be excluded). So probably yes, it should be open to all the journalists, but I would not bet on it.

      Wishing you good luck,


  1. Tourism in the fairyland of pyramids in absence of insurance

    The feeling of security is essential to everyone everywhere, especially when you are traveling abroad. In modern world secure feeling and security is closely associated with the type and coverage of the insurance policy. We, the Armenians pay little attention to the importance of insurance in our everyday life, yet it should head the expenses list while we prepare our expenditures. It is even more important and essential to travel abroad with insurance policy in hand, since no one can guarantee or foresee what unexpected situation might come to occur. The fact is especially true when you are visiting a politically unstable Islam country like Egypt.
    Egypt has always been an attractive country to tourists all over the world with its rich historical past, cultural heritage, warm climate, wonderful coasts on Mediterranean and Red Sea, excellent sand beaches and proper touristic infrastructure. There exist comparably fair prices for people with moderate income. Egypt is also one of the most preferred touristic countries for the Armenians. But, at present the country is in continuing political turmoil.
    The latest occurrences in Egypt have not deterred Armenian tourists to organize their vacation in fairyland of pyramids, i.e. Egypt. Though, according to the latest Armenian tourist flow data, touristic travels to Egypt seems to have minimized due to political instability in that country since the beginning of 2011. Of course, the political instability in Egypt is not the only reason for the waning interest in Egypt. There are no direct flights from Armenia to Egypt.
    Now the ticket and touristic travel prices have become more expensive due to transit flights through Moscow. The tour price per person has jumped from $300 to $600-700. 640,032 people have gone abroad for vacation from Armenia in 2010. This is an increase of 22% to the data of previous year. A good number of these have gone to vacation in Egypt. This year an appreciable decrease in the tourist numbers from Armenia to Egypt is expected. The main reason of decrease to visit Egypt is considered to be the political situation in the country and increase in the average tour price tag.
    Victoria Aleksanyan has great curiosity to travel to Egypt.” Some organizations do organize tours to Egypt, but after the close or shut down of the Tez-Tour direct flights to Egypt does not exist and travel through transit is not profitable, and besides there are other attractive offers from other countries.” says Aleksanyan.
    “I have great desire to visit Egypt, but it has become dangerous. Even if it is free I would not take the risk.” said Lusine Margaryan.
    On the other hand under which conditions one can take risks and how can one feel safe and secure in a foreign country. From the security point of view of the existence of insurance policy against health and accidents becomes most important.
    We gathered information from the Armenian insurance companies that when political instability did not exist in Egypt and it was a peaceful country, even then one should admit that the Armenian tourists were not so safe, since insurance was not a pre-condition to receive visa; and naturally, the most of the Armenian tourists did not take insurance policies voluntarily, thus leaving their safety to the mere chance that nothing extraordinary would happen to them. Now that political upheavals are becoming commonplace, traveling without proper insurance policies should not be permitted. The risks are unaffordable.
    Lately, the political situation tends to stabilize and that still there are people wanting to visit Egypt. As we are informed from SIMATOUR touristic agencies ‘there are people interested to visit Egypt, but we are not encouraging them in that direction’ and instead proposing other countries around or in Mediterranean area with new conditions and other historical, cultural and climatic characteristics such as Turkey, Italy, Cyprus, Greece. There is flourishing interest among people in Armenia wanting to vacate in Batumi for its more accessibility, nearness and cheap cost”.
    Traveling to these countries also involves risks and without getting proper insurance policy one should not venture abroad. Even more can be said to the affect that some of these countries require insurance policies as a must to issue an entrance visa.
    This inadvertent and careless attitude of the citizens is too risky, to say the least, since in foreign countries one can face such a situation, where own means simply may or would not be sufficient. Gayane Abrahamyan told us her opinion on this issue by stating the fact that while abroad she became subject to food poisoning, and not being able to cure herself in house conditions she was obliged to get medical care in a hospital.
    “There they told me that I should pay in cash. Knowing that according to the insurance policy I am entitled for reimbursement for above the $80 expenses, the asked price for the hospital expenses was $500. After returning home I presented my insurance company the bills of my medical expenses and are waiting for reimbursement.” said Abrahamyan.
    In modern life it is becoming quite obvious and at the same time necessary that each and every individual needs an insurance policy to cover his/her most plausible risks and to face the unexpected hazards, be it illness, accidents or other misfortunes.

    1. Hello, Luisiane,

      if this was intended to be your contribution to the contest, then you are barking up the wrong tree. Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.

      And, mind that the deadline is over.



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