April 12, 2012

A Mirror of Evolving Society

The Duško Kondor Award for Affirmation of Civil Courage is given to Viktor Ivančić from Split, Croatia.

The Duško Kondor Award for Affirmation of Civil Courage is given to Viktor Ivančić from Split, Croatia, because, although aware of the risks, he has affirmed civil courage since the 1980s, as follows:

  • Apprehensive of the destructive potential of the predominant political ideology in Croatia, he became a co-founder of the political satire weekly Feral Tribune to provide objective, impartial and independent information to the citizens of Croatia.
  • His refusal to accept political dictation by those in power was expressed in his writings and his editorial policy, constantly, relentlessly, regardless of the price he was paying.
  • He wrote and published an impressive number of articles and columns in which, regardless of hard consequences, he disclosed, named and revealed various flaws in the social and political milieu of Croatia and SFRY.
  • During the war in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, as a journalist and editor-in-chief of Feral Tribune, he argued continuously and consistently against war, violence and crimes, and zealously promoted just peace and cooperation among the states and peoples of the former Yugoslavia as the only possible and moral option.
  • In the last twenty-three years of his work he has been dedicated to the affirmation of civil courage through his own example of a journalist who does not give up presenting truth in the most dangerous times when evil forces do not hesitate to seek to intimidate journalists - even throw bombs at the office of Feral Tribune and waging court cases against journalists.
  • As a journalist, he fights for universal ideas of peace and, with equal consistency, against organized crime. For decades he has been giving an example to new generations of journalists that it is possible to remain an honest professional in impossible circumstances.

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