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Vaclav Havel Journalism And Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellows 2019-2020

Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Tomas Petricek welcomed the 2019-2020 Vaclav Havel&Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellow
Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Tomas Petricek welcomed the 2019-2020 Vaclav Havel&Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellow

2019-2020 Vaclav Havel And Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellows Met Foreign Minister Of The Czech Republic Tomas Petricek

Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Tomas Petricek welcomed the 2019-2020 Vaclav Havel and Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellows to the Cernin Palace on January 23, 2020.

Minister Petricek remarked on the importance of the independent media in promoting democracy and human rights, and praised the Fellows’ commitment to this mission. He acknowledged the ministry’s longstanding partnership with RFE/RL in support of this mission, and the importance of the fellowship programs as a concrete example of their shared goals. The minister said that the fellowship programs are one of several projects the ministry supports to promote press freedom globally.

The Fellows spoke to the minister about their personal experiences in journalism and the political and financial challenges to media independence in their countries.

Anastasiya Boika, Belarus

Anastasiya Boika is still a journalism student at the Belarusian University, Faculty of Journalism. She started working as a freelance correspondent for Lidskaya Gazeta when she was still at the Lyceum. During studies at the Lyceum, she became the editor of the newspaper Lyceum Vestnik. In 2016, she began cooperation with the Belarusian portal TUT.BY. She covered various topics: from culture to politics. Nevertheless, her interests focused mostly on judicial, criminal and sharply social journalism. In early 2018, she acquired a university degree by correspondence course. Since January 2018, she has worked as an accredited correspondent for the European Radio for Belarus. Anastasiya attended many journalism training courses, first at the Belarusian Association of Journalists, then at the school on the rights of creative youth from the human rights center "Spring", ending with seminars on citizen journalism in Ukraine and courses on Social Media Marketing in the Czech Republic. She speaks Belarusian, Russian, and English.

Eugen Muravschi, Moldova

Eugen Muravschi is currently working for, Chișinău as an analyst and fact-checker. Eugen started his career first as a translator working for Jurnal Trust Media and Info-Prim Neo News Agency in Chișinău. He translated news and reports from Romanian into English. He worked for IPN News agency as a journalist and later for the website as editor-in-chief, coordinating the activity of a team of four journalists, editing texts in both Romanian and English, and also producing his own stories. He is a sociology undergraduate from the Bucharest University. Eugen is pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at Istanbul University but has paused his studies at the moment. His mother tongue is Romanian, but he can speak Russian, English, and Turkish.

Ani Arveladze, Georgia

Ani Arveladze started to acquire journalism experience during her journalism studies at the university. She worked for an economics magazine writing articles about Georgia and the world business topics. Ani was a leading reporter for TV IMEDI writing, editing and reporting breaking news. She was also a video editor for the web portal Ani is currently working for TV IMEDI again, this time for the morning show as a journalist producing news packages, doing research, writing, editing and reporting stories from all over the world. She is a graduate of the Caucasus University in Tbilisi majoring in journalism. She can speak Georgian, Russian, English, and French.

Marina Bocharova, Russia

Marina Bocharova is currently working as a multimedia projects editor at Kommersant, a leading independent business and political Russian newspaper. She is also a freelancer for Forbes Russia and Coda story. Prior to that, she worked as a news reporter at The Bell, a business and financial media startup, and later Marina was a creative producer of online documentary projects Outreach and Voices from Zazarkalye.
Marina has a bachelor’s degree in TV and business journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. Marina was an intern at the University of Washington Tacoma's Department of Journalism in the U.S. in 2016. She speaks Russian and fluent English.

Fylyp Lebediev, Ukraine

Fylyp Lebediev is currently a freelance journalist for Crimea.Realities, Reuters, and BBC. He lives and works in Sevastopol, Crimea and covers local political, cultural, and economic events. For Crimea.Realities, he writes feature stories, provides audio and video content for online publication, as well as multimedia stories. For Reuters, he prepares investigative content, performs thorough research and fact-checking, and secures information sources. Fylyp also collaborates with Reuters journalists based in Moscow and provides assistance to Reuters journalists when they come to Crimea. For BBC, he contributes stories and comments to the BBC Russian website, writes and edits articles in accordance with BBC policies and ethical standards. Prior to being a freelance journalist, Fylyp worked for the magazine Arguments of the Week providing full coverage of regional, cultural, and economic events. He has a bachelor of law degree from the Wise National Law University in Yaroslav. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English.

Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellows 2019 - 2020

Marija Servrieva, North Macedonia

Marija Sevrieva has more than 12 years of experience as a journalist. In the past year, she worked as a freelance multimedia journalist for,, and Deutsche Welle, and is a reporter at the TV show “Agenda 35” broadcasted on the public broadcasting service Macedonian Radio Television. She conducts analytical and investigative reporting on EU integration policies, court cases and judiciary reforms, and environmental issues. Marija has also worked for various Macedonian media outlets, including Television 24,,, Kapital Business Daily and Kapital Business Magazine,, and Kanal 5 Plus Television. Marija has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Istinianus Primus Faculty of Law at St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She speaks Macedonian and English.

Filip Lukic, Serbia

Filip Lukic is currently working for as a senior journalist writing analysis and articles concerning European integration and doing interviews with experts, foreign political actors, journalists and ambassadors about Serbian progress on the path towards the EU. Filip also worked for Deutsche Welle and Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability. He was a fact-checking journalist and researcher in Istinomer (Truth-o-meter), covering topics related to European integration, such as judicial system reform, human rights, security, and foreign policy. He has a Bachelor‘s degree in Journalism, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Serbia and recently he got his master’s degree in Sociology from Free University, Berlin. He speaks Serbian and English.

RFE/RL President Jamie Fly presented certificates to the RFE/RL 2019-2020 Vaclav Havel and Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellows

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President Jamie Fly presented certificates to the RFE/RL 2019-2020 Vaclav Havel and Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellows, who showed outstanding journalistic performance during the coronavirus pandemic and successfully completed the Prague portion of their fellowship. (Prague, May 21, 2020)