In Belarus will hand over awards to journalists for advocacy LGBT the rights

Submitted by Aliaksandr Paluyan,, BISGE

The Belarussian portal and Belarusian initiative by sexual and gender equality has announced for the first time in 2009 the awarding of the Belarusian professional premium for the journalists who illuminate LGBT topics.

This premium has become the first one in the history of the Belarussian Media which symbolizes the acknowledgement of journalistic work and qualification in advocating the rights and informing the population about the life of homosexuals.

“Pierrot” Premium is a professional reward for journalists of television, radio and press media services of Belarus for the propaganda of tolerant attitude, decrease of homophobia and discrimination of sexual minorities in the society.

It was unfair to have neglected the works of journalists who illuminated the life of Belarusian LGBT community. “Pierrot” Premium will become a reward which would symbolize the acknowledgement of the professionalism of the journalists whose work has an important significance for the change of the social attitude towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. “Pierrot” Premium is actually not a rate, but an acknowledgement of the journalists’ proficiency that fulfill their work regardless of the social stereotypes.

There has been a competition announced in six nominations: “Journalist of the Year”, “The Best Material”, “Discrimination Problems Illumination”, “Journalist Investigation”, “Freedom of Self-Expression”, and “The Voice of the Community”.

Within the Premium Competition 64 materials were considered. They included press materials, internet and video materials which illuminate the life of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. All these materials were on the air or published within the period from January, 2008 till the 1st of March, 2009.

Rewarding of awards of journalists will take place on October, 14th, 2009 in Minsk.

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