Reportage: 10th edition of the Mediterranean festival of festivals

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Reportage – the 10th edition of the Mediterranean festival of festivals – will start on June 10, 2018. The venue is at Otranto, Lecce in Italy.

The Festival Giornalisti del Mediterraneo reaches its 10th edition this year, and the event is being promoted and organized by the Terra del Mediterraneo Association, in partnership with the Municipality of Otranto.

The subjects for the event agenda will deal with the Mediterranean area and its conflicts and the stories of the reporters. With the Festival also comes the 10th edition of the homonymous competition which, this year, will count three thematic sections: international terrorism, from Syria to Europe; Mediterranean and denied rights; Peace and Immigration.

The appointment, now consolidated in the Mediterranean, involves the Puglia Region; Legacoop Puglia; the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Aldo Moro was the late Italian PM killed by the Red Brigades 40 years ago in Rome); and its Masters in Journalism and the Consular Corps of Puglia, Basilicata, and Molise.

The “Journalists of the Mediterranean” competition is aimed at professional and freelance journalists, as well as young talents of journalism schools, as well as students of degree courses in Communication Sciences and aims to involve Italian and foreign journalists, print and television, the web, and the radio world.

“The achievement of the tenth birthday of the competition, together with the festival,” explains Tommaso Forte, journalist and author of the Festival, “is a great achievement.

“In fact, through these two moments, what we have been doing in all these years and that we continue to do, is to open a debate to understand, in the light of the conflicts in the Mediterranean that indirectly affect our country, (Italy) what challenges await us in the future.

“This [is] thanks to the work of the reporters that live those conflicts in the first person, in the theaters of war. As for the issue of immigration, another key theme of the Festival, there are many prejudices, and sometimes the media have a decisive role in feeding them.”

“The ten years of the Festival of Mediterranean Journalists,” adds Lino Patruno, president of the jury, – mark a prestigious goal of the event and come at a time of serious international crisis.

“The war in Syria, the tension in the Mediterranean, the violation of human rights, the threat of international terrorism, the tragedy of immigration, are too close to us not to involve us as journalists.”

Candidates will be able to present their works by next May 30, 2018. It is possible to download the rules from the website and/or to request information by calling the number ++39 346.8262198.

Download the regulation here.

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