Today, the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia (EU) launched its annual competition for written journalism ‘EU4Wartawan’. This year the competition, held in collaboration with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the TIFA Foundation, focuses on the impact of digital technology on human rights. Held for the third time, EU4Wartawan aims to recognise high quality written journalism about human rights.

EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket said: “Under pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital technology has expanded more widely and faster. Technology has become even more inseparable from our daily lives, offering powerful tools and solutions. But there are also downsides, and some technological applications raise concerns about their impact on basic human rights. Threats like doxing and data forgery typically target vulnerable groups including human rights defenders, whistle-blowers, and even journalists.”

“Journalists play a key role in highlighting such societal developments. Through EU4Wartawan the EU wants to raise public awareness of the work of Indonesian journalists in this field. This should stimulate all of us to reflect on how we can mitigate risks to democracy and to human rights that can arise from the digital technology,” added Ambassador Piket.

Interested journalists have until 28 November to apply on the EU4Wartawan website (www.eu4wartawan.id). Five winners will be announced on the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2021. Winners will be entitled to participate in an international journalism training. EU4Wartawan is organised as part of the #EU4HumanRights campaign celebrating Human Rights Day 2021.

For further information and registration: www.eu4wartawan.id

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