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Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows Named

RFE/RL’s two-year-old program boosts independent journalists

Selected from a pool of 60 candidates, the three Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship recipients for 2013–2014 were announced by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty earlier this week.

They are Ivan Beliaev, journalist from the northwestern region of the Russian Federation, Vologda; Ildar Gabidullin, a print and television journalist in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan; and Natalya Sedletska, an investigative television reporter based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

They will receive seven months of on-the-job training and mentoring at RFE/RL headquarters in Prague, as well as a period of employment at one of RFE/RL’s local bureaus.

Launched in 2011, the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship offers aspiring journalists from RFE/RL’s broadcast regions the chance to explore a career in free and independent presses. Vaclav Havel, the namesake for the award, was a playwright, essayist, poet and activist, as well as the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic.