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23. December 2015.

Bujanovac – The ceremony marking the completion of the project "Local Media for Roma Rights", which was implemented in the course of 2015 by the Association of Local Independent Media "Local Press", with the financial support of the "Civil Rights Defenders" donor, was held at the Nis Media Center on Monday.

On that occasion, the young associates engaged in the project were presented with awards – tablet PCs.  Among them was Isabella Rasitovic, a student of the “Sveti Sava” professional secondary school. 

“I’m very happy that I got the award and that I mastered the first steps in journalism. I would  like be part of such a project once again," said Isabella.

Seven editorial board members of the "Local Press" participated in the project, whose aim was to improve the informing of Roma through the local media about the ways of receiving free legal assistance provided by civil society organizations and non-Roma ones, as well as about the problems Roma have in their local communities.

The journalists of "Vranjske", "Southern News" and "Roma World" from Nis, "New Knjazevac Newspaper" from Knjazevac, "Loznicke News" from Loznica, TV "Forum" and "Polimlja" from Prijepolje trained the selected young Roma associates in the secrets of journalism.

The ceremony in Nis was an opportunity to reward the secondary school associates for their one- year engagement in the project.

“Our initial idea was to reward the authors of the two best newspaper articles. However, we realized that all young associates deserved to be rewarded for the efforts they had made. Considering that this would be an incentive for their further work, we gave the prizes to everyone, "said Snezana Milosevic, the Secretary General of “Local Press ".

Those who attended the ceremony had the opportunity to watch a film that was made as part of the project. The film was about the activities undertaken by the Praxis, the CUPS, the CHRIS Network, the League of Roma and the Roma Cultural Center organizations, which was intended for the Roma community. The work of those organizations was followed and promoted by the journalists engaged during the implementation of the project, who at the same time drew the attention of local authorities to the necessity of thoroughly dealing with Roma problems. 

The Initiative for Development Cooperation (IDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to social and economic inclusion of the less privileged categories of citizens and to the protection of their human rights. The IDC works with vulnerable social groups that mostly live below the poverty line, and, together with them, tries to fight for a greater degree of their involvement in society.

Source: Bujanovac News and Coordination Body