The independent Belarusian publication 34 Multimedia Magazine, founded and published by European Humanities University (EHU) lecturer Iryna Vidanava, was awarded this year's Free Media Pioneer Award. The award is given annually by the International Press Institute to an organization that improves press freedom and media independence in its home country or region.
34 Multimedia Magazine is a nonprofit youth publication produced in a CD format and promoted through web and social media. It is considered the only independent youth publication in Belarus. 34 Multimedia Magazine promotes freedom of speech and freedom of expression, supports independent culture, and encourages civic activism among its youth audience.
The award will be presented during a ceremony at the International Press Institute's Annual World Congress, which will take place from June 23-26 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.