EU4Wartawan Writing Competition : The Impact Of Digital Technology On Human Rights

EU4Wartawan 2021
The annual journalistic writing competition #EU4Wartawan is now open. This year’s theme is “The impact of digital technology on human rights. 
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia has launched 2021 annual journalistic writing competition EU4Wartawan themed “The impact of digital technology on human rights”. The competition – launched on 30 October and will conclude on 28 November 2021 – is held in collaboration with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Indonesian Women Coalition (KPI). The competition is open to all journalists from official print and online media across Indonesia.


Lomba Penulisan Journalistik EU4Wartawan

“Lomba Penulisan Journalistik EU4Wartawan” (English :  EU4 Journalistic Writing Competition) is an annual program organized by the European Union Delegation to Indonesia. This year, EU4Wartawan is entering its 3rd year of implementation. It is again promoting messages on the universality of human rights in collaboration with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the TIFA Foundation. EU4 This time, the journalist raised the topic of how digital technology impacts human rights. This competition is part of a series of #EU4HumanRights activities to celebrate Human Rights Day 2021.
In the current pandemic, there has been a very high increase in the use of digital technology, more than ever before. People rely on the power of digital technology for everything, from communicating, exchanging information, connecting people to goods and services, making purchases, making financial transactions, conducting teaching, and learning activities, running businesses, holding meetings, enjoying entertainment, and even creating essential decisions at the strategic level. According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), in 2020, Indonesia experienced double-digit growth (10.58 percent) in the digital technology and information sector. This increase was triggered by the rapid transition from traditional to digital solutions during the pandemic, with significant demand for telecommunications services and gadgets.
EU4Wartawan Writing Competition : The Impact Of Digital Technology On Human Rights
Therefore, this year’s EU4Wartawan journalism writing competition invites fellow journalists to register their articles that include – but are not limited to – the following facts:
  • Fraud and falsification of data, misuse of personal information by distributing it online, publishing hurtful comments or statements, intimidating by threatening, hurting, or insulting the dignity of others, or using digital technology to suppress and exercise social control, and other harmful forms of the use of digital technology.
  • The potential of more digitally integrated personal data. For example, benefits for social services, decision making based on algorithms, more transparent and accountable financial affairs, faster business processes, and so on.
  • Up-to-date information on government policies and directives regarding the management of citizens’ personal data more accurately. For example, data synchronization or synchronization is used to support various public services, data security, and surveillance by utilizing biometric features, and so on.
  • Development and optimization of the use of digital technology (including artificial intelligence) in various sectors. For example, health, education, trade, and tourism can help or make people’s lives easier.
  • Various efforts to increase access to quality internet connections and digital devices or devices to ensure social inclusion and reduce disparities between regions.
  • Advocacy programs to improve public digital literacy and skills and create an environment that is pro-democratic values and human rights.
  • Indonesia’s commitment to promoting Data Free-Flow with Trust (DFFT), digital infrastructure development, social inclusion, freedom of expression, and consumer protection.

Competition Terms 

  • This competition is open to professional journalists from print and online media (multimedia) Indonesian citizens.
  • The journalistic work submitted is the original work of the applicant and published in the mass media between October 1, 2020 – November 28, 2021.
  • One participant is allowed to submit more than one journalistic work.
  • Works may use Indonesian or English, as long as they are published in media published in Indonesia.
  • The registered works can be the results of personal writings or several people (groups). Suppose the winning journalistic work is the result of teamwork. In that case, only 1 (one) person will be funded to receive online journalism training from an expert in Europe as a prize.
  • Journalistic papers that have been published should be sent to the committee no later than November 28, 2021, at 24.00 WIB via the registration link below, by attaching:
  • Copy of your press identity card in jpg format, with a maximum file size of 1 MB.
  • Your article; if in the online form, you only need to include the link; if in written form in print media, you need to have the article sheet in pdf format. EU4 Journalists can receive a maximum of 5 (five) article titles in one registration.
  • You will need to fill out a consent form/consent to the storage and management of personal data that you inform EU4journalists through this link for use during the competition period and for purposes related to this competition.

Jury and Selection Criteria 

  • The jury will consist of representatives from the European Union Delegation to Indonesia, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia, and the TIFA Foundation.
  • The submitted work will be evaluated based on its relevance to the theme, originality, quality and depth of coverage, clarity of the message conveyed, and presentation of the information.
  • EU4Journalists will choose 5 (five) winners, announced on 10 December 2021, coinciding with Human Rights Day.
  • The winning articles demonstrate excellent journalistic skills, are researched in-depth and are relevant to raising Indonesian public awareness about the universality of human rights. The narrative contains values ​​of respect for data and information, reflecting the principles of non-discrimination and tolerance, protection of dignity, integrity, security, safety, and kindness – due to the use of technology in any form.
  • These articles should help raise awareness about the importance of citizens and governments to take strategic action to combat discrimination and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights for all.
The media play an essential role in highlighting the issues above and creating public awareness and policymakers about the importance of taking strategic actions to fight discrimination, promote the fulfillment of human rights, and protect them from various forms of abuse.
Therefore, let’s register your journalistic work through the button below. For more information, you can send your questions to or go to the website

The article was initially published on 7th November 2021.

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