13th Mediterranean Journalists Festival in Otranto 1/9-4/9

Albanian PM to visit 3/9

12 August, 18:03

    (ANSAmed) - The 13th edition of the Mediterranean Journalists Festival will focus on human rights, genocide, Blue Economy, legality, environment, conflicts, and peace.

    The festival will be held in Otranto from September 1 to 4, during which the Caravella del Mediterraneo 2021 award will be given.

    This year's recipients will be: Catanzaro prosecutor Nicola Gratteri; Sky Tg24 director Giuseppe De Bellis; Italian Jewish Communities Union president Noemi Di Segni; mafia victim Maria Badalamenti; posthumously to assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia; Le Belve television host Francesca Fagnani; Le Iene journalist Giulio Golia; and Sigfrido Ranucci from Report.

    The first three evenings will include debates in Largo di Porta Alfonsina, with journalists, politicians, judges, academics, and others.

    The awards ceremony will be held on September 4.

    On September 3, at the Otranto port, there will be a visit by Albanian prime minister Edi Rama for the commemoration of a March 28, 1997 tragedy in which 57 people lost their lives after the Albanian ship Katër I Radës collided with one of the Italian Navy.

    Otranto mayor Pierpaolo Cariddi said that he was "please to host the Albanian prime minster, who will be taking part in the commemoration ceremony for the victims in front of that shipwreck which was to be destroyed but instead has become a work of art, an homage to new and old migrants: people who flee and who we must give peace to. It is for them that Kater became a monument to migrating humanity entitled 'L'Approdo'".

    "It is for the 57 people who on the night of Holy Friday 1997 lost their lives among the waves of the Adriatic Sea," he said, " that on September 3 we will meet in front of the work by Costas Varotsos".

    The city of Otranto was in the front line for providing rescues and reception for refugees, many of whom late became full-fledged Italian citizens and Apulia region residents.

    "Our physical and affectionate proximity to the Albanian population is an objective reality, a historic one, that no one can ever deny," said Tommaso Forte, who came up with the idea for the festival.

    During his visit to the festival - of which ANSA is the media partner - the Albanian prime minister will also inaugurate the documentary exhibition "IntegrAzione: i 30 anni del grande esodo albanese in Italia" ("Integration: Thirty Years of Albanian Exodus in Italy"), presented by the non-profit organization Integra and curated by the Apulia-born photojournalist Vittorio Arcieri.

    The complete program can be found here: https://online.flipbuilder.com/hxas/rqtk/#p=1. (ANSAmed).

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