The U.S. Embassy in Santiago is holding Chile’s inaugural citizen journalist competition to mark Freedom of Expression Month this May.
The contest, which runs until June 14, calls on Chileans aged 14 to 25 to film a “reality that should make the news.” The winner will be awarded an Ipad mini and second place will receive a book of U.S. photography.
“We see it [the competition] as a way for Chilean youth, who are well-versed in digital technology, to report on issues that are important to them and their communities,” embassy spokesperson Gabrielle Guimond told The Santiago Times.
On World Press Freedom Day earlier in May, international human rights group Freedom House released its annual freedom of the press rankings. Chile retained its status as “partly-free,” after dropping down from its 2011 ranking of “free,” due in part to repression of journalists at protests, controversial new security laws and concentration of media ownership.
For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy’s official website.
By Ryan Johnson ([email protected])
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