Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship


Czech Republic--2014-2015 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows visiting Czech Radio. Prague, March 3, 2015.

Havel Fellows Hosted by Czech Radio

The VHJF met with top editors at the Czech Republic’s public broadcaster More

Czech Republic--Fellows Tour Vaclav Havel’s Private Offices. Prague, February 24, 2015.

Fellows Tour Havel’s Private Offices

Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation, VIZE97, host event for young journalists. More

Havel Bust Unveiled At U.S. Capitol

U.S. congressional leaders have unveiled a bust of the late Czech President Vaclav Havel at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol building. More

2014-2015 Fellows

Arzu Geybullayeva, Azerbaijan: Ms. Geybullayeva is an Istanbul-based journalist with a background in conflict resolution who has written extensively about Azerbaijan for local and international media. Ms. Geybullayeva is currently an associate scholar for The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)’s Project on Democratic Transitions, while working freelance for numerous media outlets, including Al Jazeera English and Global Voices. She is also co-director and managing editor of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation, a Washington D.C.-based NGO. Ms. Geybullayeva has contributed to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and was an analyst for the European Stability Initiative. She was a fellow with the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study on Nonviolent Conflict of Tufts University, and the Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship of the Robert Bosh Stiftung. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bilkent University, Istanbul, and a master's degree in global politics from the London School of Economics. She speaks Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish, and English.


Evgeny Kuzmin, Russian Federation: is a journalist and new media specialist based in the far eastern Amur region of the Russian Federation. During his fellowship, he has produced blog posts, opinion pieces, and infographics for the website of RFE/RL’s Russian Service, focusing mostly on social topics in regional Russia. Previously, Mr. Kuzmin was involved in launching the startup Kam24 News Agency in Kamchatka, and recasting the strategy and websites for Port Amur News Agency and Vostok Media in Vladivostok. He has held several other senior positions with media companies in Russia, including director general at Amur.Info News Agency and director of Internet projects at Alpha TV Broadcasting Company, where he also worked as a reporter. Mr. Kuzmin was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, and received a specialist degree in journalism from Amur State University, where he has also lectured at the undergraduate level. He speaks Russian, English, and some Chinese.


Hanna Liubakova, Belarus: Hanna Liubakova is a multimedia journalist based in Poland who has produced diverse reporting and cultural projects for Belarusian audiences. During her fellowship, she has worked on radio and web platforms for RFE/RL’s Belarus Service, pursued several high-profile investigative reports, and conducted numerous interviews. Previously, Ms. Liubakova has worked for the independent, Warsaw-based Belarusian TV channel Belsat. She has blogged about contemporary Belarusian culture, and worked as both website editor and project coordinator for Warsaw’s Belarusian House. In addition to her journalism, she has developed and curated numerous projects showcasing Belarusian artists, including Sergey Shabohin and photographer Andrei Liankevich. Ms. Liubakova has a master’s degree in Polish philology from Jagiellonian University, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree. She speaks Belarusian, Russian, Polish, and English.


Ana Lomtadze, Georgia: Ana Lomtadze is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she received her bachelor’s degree in cinema and media studies and political science in May 2014. During her fellowship she has reported on women’s rights in Georgia and regional politics, and produced several original reports on the intersection of culture and politics for RFE/RL’s Georgian Service. She moderates a daily radio show, and is developing a website to provide a discussion platform for women from the South Caucasus. Ms. Lomtadze was a 2014 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs Fellow, has won honors in the field of political science, and was the 2009 winner of a national debate competition in her home country, Georgia. She speaks Georgian, Russian, French, and English.


Olga Malchevska, Ukraine: Olga Malchevska is a journalist from Ukraine with over eight years of experience in reporting and television production. While publishing several influential interviews and reports for RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, her main goal during the fellowship is to produce a documentary on Russian political, financial, and commercial influence in the Czech Republic. Previously, Ms. Malchevska worked as a television correspondent for TSN-Weekly, a primetime Sunday program on Ukraine’s national broadcasting channel, Studio 1+1. TSN-Weekly is the country’s highest-rated news program for 18-54 year-olds. Earlier in her career, she worked as an editor and journalist for Channel 5, as a co-presenter on the TV talk show Shuster Live Studio, as an investigative journalist at a broadcasting company called Ukraine, and as a correspondent at Novy Kanal TV channel. Ms. Malchevska was awarded a Digital Future Journalism Fellowship in 2013. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Moghyla Academy, and has a Master's degree in journalism from the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English.


Natalia Sergheev, Moldova: Natalia Sergheev is a multilingual journalist working across borders and ethnic and linguistic lines in her native Moldova. During her fellowship she has reported widely on Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine for broadcast and web platforms for RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service. Among her forthcoming projects, she is using infographics to report on Moldova’s World War II veterans, and plans to produce an extended annotated photo essay to document how ethnic minorities in Moldova shaped the country's identity and what their views are on the current situation. Previously, Ms. Sergheev worked as a multimedia correspondent for VICE Romania, reporting on events in Moldova for Romanian audiences. She also worked for and associated websites that cover Moldova for audiences in Romanian, Russian, and English. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences with a specialty in journalism from Moldova State University, and a diploma of honors from the Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism. She speaks Romanian, Russian, and English.


About The Fellowship

The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship (VHJF) is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and is generously supported by the Prague Freedom Foundation and the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation Vize97. Launched in 2011, it is inspired by the late Czech leader’s belief in the transformational power of free speech and builds on RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more open societies through journalism. More information about the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship is available here.

About Vaclav Havel


Vaclav Havel was the first post-revolutionary president of independent Czechoslovakia in 1989, and the first Czech president in 1993. He was also a renowned playwright, poet and essayist. Vaclav Havel's name is synonymous with peaceful resistance to authoritarianism and commitment to individual liberty and dignity. In his career as a writer and playwright, Havel established himself as Europe’s most renowned dissident voice. During his time as president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Havel used his position of influence to speak out as an unyielding advocate for democratic voices the world over. Long a listener and supporter of RFE/RL, Havel invited RFE/RL to take up residence in Prague in 1995, planting RFE/RL’s headquarters in a city where its broadcasts were once banned.

Havel's Legacy, Through The Lenses Of Friends

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  • Vaclav Havel in 1975 at his country cottage, called Hradecek, in North Bohemia
  • Havel and his first wife, Olga, at Hradecek in 1974. Olga, who died in 1996, was a fellow dissident and signatory of the Charter 77 human rights initiative.
  • The Havels with friends Jan and Karla Triska in 1975
  • A photo taken during a long night of conversation at Hradecek in 1975
  • Friends and actors gather for a reading of Havel's play "The Garden Party."
  • Havel prepares for a summer gathering at the cottage, 1975.
  • A private staging of Havel's play "Audience" in 1976, with the author in one of the main roles
  • Havel appears in a window of Prague Castle in the early days of his presidency, on February 25, 1990.
  • The president addresses crowds at Prague Castle on February 25, 1990. He had just returned from a visit to the United States, where he spoke before the U.S. Congress.
  • Havel, a rock fan, meets members of the Rolling Stones on August 18, 1990, the day of the music legends' first concert in postcommunist Czechoslovakia.
  • British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher accompanies the Czechoslovak president on Wenceslas Square during an official visit to Prague on September 18, 1990.
  • Havel wades in the Atlantic Ocean in Cabo da Roca, Portugal, near the westernmost tip of the European continent, on December 14, 1990.
  • Havel and his wife, Olga, pray alongside Polish President Lech Walesa at Prague Castle on September 16, 1991.
  • A photographer takes an official portrait of the Czechoslovak head of state in 1992.
  • Havel with his second wife, Dagmar, whom he married in 1997, at Hradecek around 2000
  • Nearing the end of his presidency in January 2003, having already moved of the president's residence, Havel appears to breathe a sigh of relief.