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IFJ PRESENTS IFJ PRIZE 99 TO CELEBRATE TOLERANCE IN JOURNALISM

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) announces that three European journalists were awarded the
1999 IFJPrize on 19 March at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg for their contribution to the struggle against intolerance and xenophobia. "The crisis of intolerance in Europe - from violence in Kosovo, to a surge of support for political extremists in Austria and racism among police in Britain - puts fresh responsibility on journalists and news media," said the jury announcing the winners of the 1999 IFJPrize. The winners of the IFJPrize are: Peter Richter for "Schröder's foreign son rouses the German provinces", published in the German daily "Neues Deutschland"; Alan Rook for "Fascist Fears" a 10-minute news programme shown on the United Kingdom regional broadcaster, Meridian Television; and Albrecht Kieser for "Everyone is just a cog in the machine", broadcast on Deutschland Radio and Funkhaus Köln. A special commendation was also awarded to Nick Ryan for "Memoirs of a Street-fighting Man", published in the "Independent". "The need to promote journalism for tolerance is as great as ever," said Luc Demaret, chair of the jury. "If the world is to successfully fight against hatred and violence, it needs information which is objective, fearless, unbiased and professional."

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