by European Journalism Centre

Alessia Cerantola holds the Press Freedom Award at the ceremony at the Pressclub in Vienna. Photo: Reporters Without Borders

Alessia Cerantola and Emanuela Zuccala are this year’s winners of the “Press Freedom Award – A Signal to Europe”. With this award Reporters Without Borders Austria honours media workers’ engagement for the freedom of the press.

“The articles of both winners highlight today’s working conditions of Italian journalists. Alessia Cerantola analyses those difficult conditions, Emanuela Zuccala chose a parable to point a finger at the abuse of human rights in her country”, says Eva Nowotny, member of the jury and president of the Austrian UNESCO commission.

Alessia Cerantola works as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. In her award winning piece she describes the dire working conditions of freelancers in Italy. She pays tribute to Pierpaolo Faggiano who committed suicide because of his desperate professional situation more than a year ago. Cerantola’s award winning article was published by the the European Journalism Centre in November 2011 in its magazine section. The winning articles will be published in December by the quarterly The EJC extends its warm congratulations to Alessia Cerantola and Emanuela Zuccala on their award!

Read Alessia’s article “Italian freelance journalists against precarious working conditions“.di Raffaella Cosentino, Giornalisti Redattore Sociale