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Côte d’Ivoire journalist union announces Ebony prize for the digital press

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On Thursday, 3 September 2020 in Abidjan the National Union of Journalists of Côte d’Ivoire (UNJCI), the umbrella organisation of professional organisations of the Ivorian media, announced the institution of an “Ebony prize”.

This prize is being introduced as a way to reward the best journalist of the digital press bearing four (Ebony written press, Ebony Radio and Ebony Télé), the prizes to compete for the 22nd edition of the “Ebony Weekend” scheduled from 04 to 06 December in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian political capital.

The Ebony evening, now renamed “Ebony Weekend”, is a ceremony to honor the best Ivorian journalists of the past year.

“There is a major innovation this year. We will have the Ebony prize for the digital press which will bring the competing prizes for the super Ebony to four, ”said Jean-Claude Coulibaly, the President of the UNJCI in a press conference.

Listing the various awards for this competition,  Coulibaly said that several sector prizes will be awarded during this edition. He cited, among others, the Diegou Bailly special prize for the best survey, the Nady Rayess prize for the best journalist in economics, the prize for the best presenter of the television news, the prize for the promotion of transport, the prize for the best company of press and the price of social cohesion and solidarity.

Continuing, the president of the UNJCI, underlined that the press articles which will be taken into account by the jury are those which were published and disseminated from November 05, 2019 to November 05, 2020. He added that the period of submission of applications open from October 1st.

“The objective for us is to promote our profession. It’s to shine a light on the best of us. Ebony is a very credible price because everything is done transparently,” Coulibaly said.

For her part, Marie-Laure N’Goran, president of the Ebony 2020 organising committee, specified that several activities will furnish this edition, including a panel which will be led by a journalist, a politician and an actor from civil society.

The 22nd edition of Ebony, which was officially launched on Thursday August 27 in Abidjan, will be held from December 4 to 6 in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian political and administrative capital around the theme: “What [is] journalism for a united Ivory Coast? “.

Established in 1998, the “Ebony Prize” is named after the famous Ivorian journalist Noël X. ‘Ebony’, organised by the National Union of Journalists of Côte d’Ivoire (UNJCI), is the most prestigious night of journalism in Côte d’Ivoire and each year rewards the best Ivorian journalists.

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