Drago Hedl Wins ‘Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2011 Award’ for Better Understanding in South East Europe
Vienna, 24 October 2011
Croatian journalist Dragutin-Drago Hedl is the winner of the 2011 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe. An 11-member international jury honoured Hedl for his outstanding contribution to improving inter-ethnic communication and reconciliation, as well as for his investigative reporting on war crimes committed in Croatia in the 1990s.
Drago Hedl was born in 1950, in Osijek, Croatia, a town 280 kilometers east of the capital, Zagreb. He began his career in 1975 with the literary magazine Revija in Osijek. From 1980 to 1991, he worked as a journalist and editor for the main regional daily Glas Slavonije. Upon the outbreak of the Serbo-Croat war in Croatia, Hedl refused to participate in war propaganda efforts and acts of hate speech. As a result, he was sacked in 1991 when politicians and the local army bosses stormed the paper’s building.
From 1991 to 1994, he covered the wars in Croatia and Bosnia for the Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija. After a year spent in London, working for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Hedl returned to Croatia. He worked for Feral Tribune, Novi List and since 2008 he has been writing the Zagreb daily Jutarnji List. In addition to writing for the Croatian media, he is published in The Guardian, Time magazine, Die Wochenzeitung, and numerous other US and European publications.
Due to his balanced reporting and investigations into war crimes, Held has been the target of government criticism, law suits, physical attacks and death threats. Nationalist organizations proclaimed him an enemy of the people. The latest death threat came in July 2011.
Hedl has written eight books and four scripts for documentaries, including the award-winning “Vukovar- the Final Cut” (Human Rights Award, 12thSarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina). For his book on the convicted war criminal, Branimir Glavas, Glavas, the Chronicle ofDestruction, Hedl received the Jutarnji List Award for the best non-fiction book in Croatia in 2010. Among the other prestigious Croatian and international awards he has received are: The Knight International Press Fellowship Award (2006) and The Central European Initiative Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism (2008).
Hedl holds a B.A. Degree in Literature from the Pedagogic Academy in Osijek, Croatia.
Presentation of the Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award 2011 to Drago Hedl, Croatia
(Photo: Dr. Erhard Busek, Drago Hedl, Oliver Vujovic)
Dr. Erhard Busek and Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, will present the award on 28 October 2011 at 7 PM at Haus der Musik, Seilerstätte 30, Vienna, Austria.
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion: “How does leaking change the World?
The panelists are:
Patrick McCurdy, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Canada
Anthony Mills, Press Freedom & Communications Manager, International Press Institute, Austria
Chair: Fiona Spruill, Editor, Emerging Platforms, The New York Times, USA
The event is part of the annual meeting of the Commission on Media Policy, organised by the Duke University School of Public Policy, ORF, European Forum Alpbach, ERSTE Stiftung and Styria International.
The Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding, with a value of 3000 EUR, is sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of SECI – the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative, former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, and President of the European Forum Alpbach.
The Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding was introduced in 2002.
The previous winners are:
2010: Omer Karabeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina), journalist with the South Slavic and Albanian Language Service program of Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL), founder and editor of the radio show Most (Bridge), Prague, Czech Republic.
2009: Boris Bergant (Slovenia), co-founder of the Alpe Adria broadcasting project, former deputy-president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and former deputy director of Radio Television Slovenia.
2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia.
2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist for the Sofia-based daily Trud, (2007).
2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist for the Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija,
2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), Head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje.
2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV show Latinica.
Call for the 2011 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe
Vienna, 22 March 2011
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) calls for nominations for the 2011 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South Eastern Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia, etc. The winner will be awarded 3,000.00 EUR.
The award is sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Jean Monet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), Former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, and President of the European Forum Alpbach.
The deadline for applications is 25 May 2011. All material must arrive at the SEEMO office by 25 May 2011.
Should you wish to nominate a candidate for the 2011 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2011 Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe, please send SEEMO the following information:
1. Letter of nomination with basic details about the candidate and the reasons why you propose the specific candidate.
2. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate.
3. Supporting material: a list of the candidate's merits, information about the media which published and/or broadcast the candidate's work; any other relevant material.
4. Your contact information: name; address; cell phone, phone and fax number; email address.
5. Candidate's contact information: name, address, phone number and email address.
If you would like to nominate a media outlet, an organisation or an institution, please include the details about the person who would represent the organisation. The award is presented only to individuals.
If your nomination is supported by an organisation or a media outlet, please send us the name of a contact person from the institution supporting your nomination.
If your nomination is supported by another individual or individuals, please send us their details and contact information.
Please send the supporting material to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria. TV reports should be on DVD, audio reports on CD, while candidatures for print media representatives should include copies of articles. If possible, video, audio and print material in local languages should be accompanied by a brief translation into English. Unfortunately, supporting material cannot be returned. Please make sure to send us copies rather than original material.
The candidates must come from or work in the geographic area covered by SEEMO: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Republic of Macedonia / FYROM, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
The winner will be chosen by an international jury composed of distinguished journalists and media experts. Members of the jury cannot be nominated for the award. Self-nominations are not acceptable.
An official press release will announce the winner.
The award will be presented on 28 October 2011 in Vienna, Austria, by Dr. Erhard Busek and Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General. The winner will be invited to the presentation. All travel expenses will be covered.
Please send your nomination and supporting material to:
Previous winners of the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe are: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of TV show Latinica,2002; Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje, 2003; Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), Head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2005; Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist for the Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija, 2006; Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist of the Sofia-based daily Trud, (2007); Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV show Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008; Boris Bergant (Slovenia), co-founder of the Alpe Adria broadcasting project, former deputy-president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and former deputy director of Radio Television Slovenia; Omer Karabeg (originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, currently working in Prague, Czech Republic), journalist with Radio Free Europe, (RFE/RL) South Slavic and Albanian Language Service program, founder and editor of the radio show Most (Bridge), 2010.
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