Three journalists with RFE/RL’s Moldova Service have been recognized for excellence in audio and video reporting on local community and human rights issues.
Reporters Mihaela Gherasim and Eugenia Pogor took first and third place in the television program category of the “Promoting Human Rights in Moldova” competition, a contest sponsored by the United Nations in Moldova.
Gherasim was awarded for several reports including, “I Am HIV Positive, But I Live,” which follows a Moldovan couple living with HIV who have devoted their lives’ work to supporting people in their community who are also HIV positive.
Pogor's report “Parents And Children” investigates cultural attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. “Forget About The Restitution For Churches Other Than The Orthodox” follows the attempts of non-Orthodox Moldovan churches to reclaim property that was confiscated under communism. Pogor was also awarded for several reports, including “From Hate To Murder,” which tells the story of Belmvire Salifou, a hate crime victim whose case will be the first in Moldova to be investigated by the United Nations.
The prizes were awarded by the Association for Independent Press in Moldova, with the financial support of Civil Rights Defenders, an independent Swedish human rights organization.
The “Promoting Human Rights in Moldova” competition was established by the United Nations in 2004, and is awarded annually to journalists, activists or other individuals who have made a genuine contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights in Moldova.
Kudos is also due to Diana Raileanu, a Chisinau-based correspondent who won the Diploma of Excellence in the category, “Best Radio Story in the Romanian Language,” in the 2015 “Europe for Moldova” communication campaign sponsored by the European Union Delegation to Moldova.
Raileanu’s report, “Tailoring EU Money in the Security Zone,” followed the European Union’s promotion of local businesses in target areas through the lens of Marina Andreev, a young tailor who works in the eastern village of Ustia Dubasari.
The Moldova Service, known locally as Radio Europa Libera, was also presented with a national prize for ethics in professional journalism, and the Golden Apple award for best coverage of cultural issues by the Moldova Press Council in December, 2015.
At a gala awards ceremony, Council chairwoman Ludmila Andronic commended the Service for being an example of journalistic ethics in Moldova for many years.
Radio Europa Libera is the most popular international radio broadcaster in Moldova, playing a critical role in increasing listeners’ understanding of local, regional, and global events.
The service's journalists have been recipients of presidential honors, and continually reaffirm their reputation for unflinching public service reporting.