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Sakharov Prize 2019: European Parliament launches student journalism competition

The European Parliament's office in Ireland, has launched a nationwide competition for student journalists interested in human rights and the prestigious annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded each year in Strasbourg. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 1 November.

The European Parliament is inviting student journalists, from all over the country, to compete in a competition giving them a chance to win a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The competition will focus on this year's Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought.

The Sakharov Prize was established in 1988 and is designed to promote fundamental European values such as democracy and human rights. The prize is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations.


1. You must be a student

2. You must submit the piece by 01 November with your name and contact details

3. Piece must have been written/published after 01 October

4. Piece can be a written article or a broadcast piece


The winner will receive, depending on their preference, either a fully refundable trip as well as two nights accommodation to Strasbourg in December 2019 to experience a European Parliament plenary session and to cover the Sakharov Prize award ceremony or a fully paid for trip to Strasbourg in January entailing meetings with Members of the European Parliament, a tour of the audiovisual services and a guided tour of the Parliament building.

Some of the best pieces will also be promoted through our many social media channels as well as on our website.

To enter simply e-mail Jack Moloney, Press Officer.

We are very much looking forward to hearing from you. The winner will be notified and announced on 7 November.

For more information
Sakharov Prize 2019: Nominees