Last year's Peroutka prize went to Dorazín from CRo and Svobodová from Respekt

Last year's Peroutka prize went to Dorazín from CRo and Svobodová from Respekt

Peroutka's prize for last year was awarded to Dorazia from the Czech Republic and Svobodov from Respekt

Illustrative photo – The Ferdinand Peroutka Journalism Award for 2018 in a picture taken on February 6, 2019 before the awarding ceremony at the DOX Contemporary Art Center in Prague's Holešovice. The trophy reflects the seated figures of the laureates, who are the editor of the weekly Respekt Ondřej Kundra (in the background on the left) and the editor of the magazine Reportér Jaroslav Kmenta (on the right).

Prague – Last year's Ferdinand Peroutka Journalism Award went to Czech Radio foreign correspondent Martin Dorazín and Respekt editor Ivana Svobodová. Terezie Kaslová informed ČTK about this on behalf of the organizing Society of Ferdinand Peroutka.

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Dorázin has been working at Czech Radio since 1990, with the exception of six years at the turn of the century, when he worked at Czech Television. In the 1990s, he was a special correspondent in Slovakia and the former Yugoslavia. At the end of 2004, he went to Warsaw, where he worked for almost five years. Then he returned to the Balkans and also spent several months in Libya. He has been a correspondent in Russia since May 2013. He returned to Poland in August 2019. In the second half of January 2022, he left Warsaw for Ukraine. He was right there when Russia started the war in Ukraine a year ago. Since last fall, he has been working there in the newly established position of permanent correspondent.

“Martin Dorazín has been providing our listeners with extraordinary news not only from crisis areas for many years. He broadens our horizons and knowledge and stimulates our imagination with a completely plastic picture of events. With his vivid description, he can masterfully and perfectly draw the listener into the place of events. He uncovers and unfolds to us a world that he can seem distant and that we don't understand. He goes to the places we fear for us. Together with him, we travel through the attacked country and experience the fates and lives of the local people,” said Kaslová.

Ivana Svobodová began her journalistic career in the 1990s in the editorial office of Mladá fronta Dnes in Brno, after which she moved to the Prague editorial office. This was followed by the weekly Týden, and since 2010 he has been working in the editorial office of Respekt.”When asked if she was afraid when she went to war, she replied that she wasn't, when she watched all the people around her, on the trains, on the streets, in the houses, she thought to herself, if they live here, then she can manage there with stay with them for a while. She felt great admiration for them. In the shelter, on the trains, in the Donbass, in Kharkov, no, she was not afraid there. But when she first came back from Ukraine, in Lviv, in the relatively safest place, she panicked after the news, that the Russians will attack from Belarus. She said to herself, “What are you doing here, you have a son and a tiny grandson at home. But she is not too afraid of the base. As with all her reporting trips, she mainly thinks about the need to give testimony,” said journalist Libuše Koubská.< /p>

The Ferdinand Peroutka Journalist Awards have been awarded by the Ferdinand Peroutka Society since 1995, always on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of the famous journalist of the First Republic and the first head of Czechoslovak broadcasting of Radio Free Europe in exile. routka, namely complete integrity before the law and one's own conscience and high moral integrity, which excludes contradiction between words and actions. Furthermore, they must be personally responsible for the social consequences of their journalistic activities. Their professional work should be of an extraordinary level, multiplied by the precision of the means of expression and the beauty of the language.

Last year, the editor of the Hlídací server Tereza Engelová and the editor of the Czech Television Martin Řezníček won the prize.