The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg met with RFE/RL’s three Vaclav Havel journalism fellows
at the Czernin Palace in Prague in late March 2012. Seda Stepanyan from Armenia, Tahmina Taghiyeva of Azerbaijan, and Irina Gotisan of Moldova had the chance to discuss a wide range of foreign policy issues with the minister in an informal chat. They also reflected on their learning experience as Havel fellows with RFE/RL, and on the skills they will take home with them when their fellowship concludes.
The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship was established in 2011 on the basis of a joint initiative of Czech and American partners, and RFE/RL. Its aim is to promote young journalists from RFE/RL’s broadcast regions, namely from countries of the Eastern Partnership, and simultaneously to commemorate the legacy of RFE/RL and Vaclav Havel. The 2011 pilot project, which was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, brought Belarusian journalist Franak Viačorka to Prague. Viačorka is now a freelance journalist with RFE/RL’s Belarus Service