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Press Release – 11.03.1999

European Media Forum and award of the International Federation of Journalists' Prize for Tolerance in Journalism to be held in Strasbourg on Friday, 19 March 1999

STRASBOURG, 11.03.99 - The fifth European Media Forum and award of the IFJ Prize for tolerance in journalism will be held at the European Press and Information Centre (Room 301) of the COUNCIL OF EUROPE (entrance through Allée Spach, 67000 Strasbourg).

The IFJ Prize is supported by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the City of Strasbourg, with the IFJ selecting the best examples of tolerance, professionalism and good reporting in print media, radio and television respectively.

The award aims to raise awareness among journalists and media professionals of their role in countering racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and related intolerance. It also seeks to promote investigative work which encourages a better understanding between people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The European Media Forum, bringing together journalists and police representatives from a number of European countries, will focus on « The Police, Media and Racism ».

Since the Council of Europe was established 50 years ago, combating racism and intolerance has been integral to its human rights work. At its Second Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Strasbourg in October 1997, the Organisation committed itself to reinforcing its fight against racism.

The award presentation is taking place prior to the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (21 March 1999), proclaimed by the United Nations in 1966.