Jeta Abazi wins the 1st prize of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2014

BFJE 2014 winners

The first prize of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2014 was awarded to Jeta Abazi from Kosovo. Her article Fighting for their fair share shows how women across the Balkans still face a battle to overcome discrimination and exercise their legal rights to inheritance.

The second prize went to Kostas Kallergis from Greece, who, in his article “The great leap rightward”, presents a generation of Greeks that have embraced the far right despite having long leftist family traditions or relatives killed by the Nazis.

Krassimir Yankov from Bulgaria received the third prize. His article Syrian refugees leave Bulgaria for German limboportrays Syrians who use Bulgaria as a stepping stone to the heart of Europe, although EU rules say refugees are meant to stay in the country where they first enter the EU.

The top prize is accompanied by an award of €4,000, the second prize is worth €3,000, and the third prize, €1,000.

This year’s fellowship programme received a record of 162 project proposals on the topic Generations. The 10 selected participants received a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses. They also attended international career development seminars and received continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories.

At the award ceremony that took place in Belgrade, a regional social media campaign was launched by the alumni of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in order to raise awareness of the needs of professional standards in the media – #FreeBalkanMedia.