On 20 December 2016, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised the Award Ceremony of «Suitcase 2016», an annual journalistic contest. The contest was held within the framework of the EU-funded project “Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia” (MIBMA) and took place at the «Gyulbenkian» conference hall of Elite Plaza Business Center in Yerevan.
The contest covers migration and border management related materials, including on asylum, labour migration and return of RA citizens to Armenia, broadcasted on TV and radio and published in press and online media outlets during 2016. The aim of the contest is to encourage and motivate journalists to raise awareness and report on challenges and opportunities in the field of migration and border management. The contest is the closing activity of a series of capacity building activities for journalists organized by MIBMA throughout the year, which included two awareness raising media tours in Gergharkunik and Syunik regions of Armenia as well as training on migration issues. This year is the 7th time that the ‘Suitcase’ prizes are awarded and the first time that it is organized by ICMPD.
The Award Ceremony was opened by Mr. Gregory Tsouris, Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of EU Delegation to Armenia; Mr. Carel Hofstra, MIBMA Team Leader; and Mr. Gagik Yeganyan, Head of State Migration Service.
The contest jury consisted of representatives of ICMPD, sponsoring organisations, State Migration Service and two independent experts. After careful review of all materials and based on the evaluation criteria of originality, writing style, reporting standards, newsworthiness and public impact, ICMPD decided to award the following journalists in the three main categories:
- Yeranuhi Soghoyan, «Hetq» newspaper, «Gyumri tenor Artak Kirakosyan»
- Nazeli Grigoryan, «Newmag» newspaper, «Seasonal happiness»
- Lusine Budaghyan, «Aravot» newspaper, «Returned migrants become businessmen, learn skills to stay in motherland»
- Kristine Voskanyan, AR TV, «Repatriation»
- Susan Badalyan, Public TV, «The face of war»
- Tigran Hovakimyan, Qyavar TV, «Labour migration as a life style»
- Armine Gevorgyan, Public Radio, «One problem – different roads»
- Alice Gevorgyan, Public Radio, «Choose geghama mountains instead of Germany»
- Ruzanna Gishyan, «Azatutyun» radio, «Sirian Armenian «I both want to stay and leave»
In addition, UNICEF Armenia, RepatArmenia Foundation, «Public Diplomacy» NGO, Armenian Caritas and «Save the Children International» Armenia awarded the best works in the following special categories – «Impact of migration on families and children», «Repatriation», «Integration of Syrian Migrants, the Armenian Reality», «Re-integration of Returnees that Overcame the Challenges.» and «Covering Issues of Children on the Move». Special prizes were awarded to Gayane Mirzoyan (chi-khana.org), Lilian Galstyan (www.panorama.am), Kristine Voskanyan (AR TV), Hasmik Dilanyan (Public Radio), Hasmik Harutyunyan (Armenpress), Armine Avetisyan (1in.am), Anush Khachatryan (Public TV), Hrair Tamrazyan (Azatutyun radio). Overall, the contest received 95 contributions with 54 for printed media, 19 TV reports and 22 radio reports.