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Radio Liberty launches сall for Václav Havel fellowship applications

26.05.2021, 16:21
Radio Liberty
Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs have launched call for applications for the Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship for 2022, as Radio Liberty reported.

Applications are accepted until June 14, 2021 inclusive. The training will last from January 3 to July 31, 2022.

The purpose of the program is to help journalists from countries that lack press freedom to  become standard-bearers of the profession. The program is based on the belief of former Czech President Václav Havel in the crucial role of journalism in resisting tyranny. In addition to Radio Liberty and the Czech Foreign Ministry, the program is also supported by the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation VIZE97.

Journalists from Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Russia can participate.

Fellows will first be affiliated for two weeks to the local Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty office, where they will learn about the local role and editorial practices of Radio Liberty and meet with colleagues. The fellows will spend the next six months at their headquarters in Prague, where they will study in their language department while working with experienced Radio Liberty professionals. After staying in the Czech capital, the fellows will return to the bureau in their country, where they will go on working for another month.

After completing this training course, fellows are expected to improve their journalism skills, broaden their professional horizons, and deepen their understanding of the challenges and challenges facing their country. They will also better understand the role of independent media in their region.

For the duration of the program, the winner will receive a monthly fellowship: the amount will correspond to the salary scale of a particular office. Funds for travel and accommodation for a trip to Prague will also be covered.

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