At the beginning of May, ADAMI received exciting news- the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thornbjørn Jagland has once more decided to grant his patronage to the ADAMI Media Prize 2018 Gala ceremony.

Just a reminder - the event will take place on November 29 in Chisinau, Moldova.

Arianne Swieca



The ADAMI Media Prize took part in a media conference to mark World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2018 in Batumi. Regional public broadcaster Adjara TV hosted the meeting, inviting Georgian media and NGOs to discuss the safety of journalists. ADAMI Communications Coordinator Natia Koberidze presented to conference participants the details of the 2018 ADAMI Media Prize competition. Journalists, producers, and students reacted enthusiastically to the presentation. During the last ADAMI Media Prize competition in 2016, a representative of AjaraTV served as a member of the jury. ADAMI actively encourages submissions from Georgian regional media for this year's competition.

Arianne Swieca


In April ADAMI Project Coordinator Nelly Mzhavanadze and Competition Coordinatior Maka Chkhaidze visited Belarus. There they visited the Belorussian Media Exhibition where the ADAMI colleagues had the opportunity to network and create new ties with regional TV companies, journalists, and universities. ADAMI representatives met up with Belorussian State TV (BelTV) CEO Mr. Ivan Eismont and the CEO of ONT, Mr. Marat Markov. The ADAMI representatives discussed the ADAMI Media Prize rules and regulations during their meetings with journalists and executives of RFE/RL, online magazine Planet Belarus, Belarusfilm, BELAPAN, festivals Listapad and Perpentummobile, Tut Bai and others. 

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Arianne Swieca


In April ADAMI sent four ADAMI 2016 competition winners to Weisbaden. Lala Aliyeva and Nvard Hovhannisyan (Forbidden Friends), Dmytro Lytvynenko (The Foreigner)and Natalia Sergheev (Generation Emigration)participated in the workshop program “Oppose Othering!” from 21-24 April as part of the 18th goEast Film Festival. The four ADAMI winners travelled to Wiesbaden within the framework of cooperation between the goEast Festival and the ADAMI Media Prize. goEast is one of the world’s most important international film festivals; around 140 feature films, documentaries, and short movies are screened there each year. The festival aims to build bridges between Western, Central and Eastern European filmmakers and raise the visibility of Central and Eastern European films.


During the April workshop The ADAMI Media Prize laid the groundwork for cooperation with the goEast film festival in Wiesbaden. Stefan Tolz, ADAMI Program Director and Heleen Gerritsen, Director of goEast, initiated cooperation. There he met selected goEast Festival guests and participants of „Oppose Othering!;“ he also had the opportunity to meet with Andrea Kaufmann, Head of Group Communications at ProCredit Holding, which financed the participation of ADAMI winners at the festival in Wiesbaden. Participants used the exciting opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insights on media coverage of minorities and human rights. 

GoEast Festival director Heleen Gerritsen has been invited to be part of the ADAMI jury in October. ADAMI looks forward to working on new projects and expanding cooperation with goEast in the future.