Bravo! Congratulate Romanian State TV for Mainstreaming Reporters with Down Syndrome!

Romanian state decision to mainstream reporters with Down Syndrome puts to SHAME the French state decision to ban video showing happy people with DS

 

Bravo! Congratulate Romanian State TV for Mainstreaming Reporters with Down Syndrome!

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Bravo! Congratulate Romanian State TV for Mainstreaming Reporters with Down Syndrome!

In a first of its kind in Europe, the state-run TV broadcaster of Romania, TVR, is employing 3 reporters with Down Syndrome in a series called, "Without Prejudice".

The three reporters - Mihai Arsenie, Bogdan Cristea and Raluca Avram - have excelled at their job, and have put the spotlight on some related social issues in Romania, even achieving positive change.

Whereas the programme has been produced by TVR since October, 2014, it is only getting recognition now because the team just received an award from the UN, to mark the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the Convention for the Rights of Disabled Persons.

In fact, earlier this month, one of the reporters, Mihai Arsenie, travelled to New York to accept the the Global Recognition Award for "Good Practices for Employees with Disability" on behalf of the whole TVR team. And, while he was visiting the UN, he also became the first European journalist with Down Syndrome to be accredited by the UN.

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The programme's producer, Ovidiu Damian, stated the following, on receiving the award: "We are extremely happy to receive this award. We often say – in our programme, we show a different side of disability. One full of hope, confidence and success. This award confirms it".

This is a great example of how state-run media (and, media, generally) can be a positive force for good, and TVR deserves sincere congratulations for leading by good example in Europe!

By contrast, you may remember the other recent story about Down Syndrome in the media, coming out of France...In November, the French Council of State, acting within its legal capacity, actually banned a video called, "Dear Future Mom", which showed people with Down Syndrome and their parents who were happy and content in themselves.

Whereas the positive decision by TVR (and, ultimately, the Romanian Government) to employ people with Down Syndrome as hosts and reporters absolutely does break-down barriers and is, in itself, uplifting, the utterly repugnant decision by the French Council of State only serves to reinforce discrimination against people with Down Syndrome and other people with disabilities.

For these reasons, this petition seeks to accomplish three goals:

  • 1) To congratulate the state-run broadcaster of Romania, TVR, and the Romanian reporters with Down Syndrome, for leading by positive example.
  • 2) To ask the EU Commissioner for Culture, Mr Tibor Navracsics, to encourage other member states in the EU to consider similar initiatives in their own state-run media.
  • And, 3) To demand that the French Council of State reverse its appallingly discriminatory decision on banning the video showing happy people (and parents of) with Down Syndrome.

Thank you for signing this uplifting petition!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://familynews.ro/the-first-european-tv-show-presented-by-three-reporters-with-down-syndrome-is-produced-in-romania/

http://zeroproject.org/romanian-national-television-channel-tvr-receives-accolades-from-the-un/

Uplifting Video, "Dear Future Mom", banned by French Government: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju-q4OnBtNU

Story and Petition on French Government banning the above video: http://citizengo.org/en/lf/39103-sign-here-france-bans-video-because-children-down-syndrome-are-inappropriate

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Bravo! Romanian State TV (in stark contrast to French Gov't) gives proper recognition and dignity to people with Down Syndrome.

For the Kind Attention of:

  • The Senior Producers and Editors - and Reporters! - at Romanian State TV Channel, TVR Cluj
  • The Vice-President of the French Council of State, M Jean-Marc Sauvé
  • EU Commissioner for Culture - Mr Tibor Navracsics

We, the undersigned, wish to express our gratitude to the Romanian national broadcaster, TVR, and, in particular, the regional branch in Cluj, for giving the responsibility of hosting and reporting news to several qualified people with Down Syndrome.

For Europe, this is a significant break-through. And, in doing so, you have allowed the public to see these people at work, where they have excelled at their jobs.

This is in distinct contrast to the French Government's callous decision (through the French Council of State) to ban the video called, "Dear Future Mom", which features people with Down Syndrome and their parents, telling expectant mothers, who have received the news that their unborn children may have Down Syndrome, that living with Down Syndrome is manageable, and that their children will most likely lead relatively normal, fulfilling, and happy lives.

Seeing these hard-working reporters and hosts with Down Syndrome on Romanian TV actually confirms the essence of what the banned video said - that is, that people with Down Syndrome can live fruitful and happy lives.

TVR's policy of hiring people with Down Syndrome to present programming should be repeated throughout Europe, and, therefore, we wish to bring this suggestion to the EU Commissioner for Culture, Mr Tibor Navracsics.

By mainstreaming reporters with Down Syndrome, the state and the media, generally, can help dispell myths and remove the fear which often accompanies a diagnosis of this condition.

No, it's not always going to be "easy", but society should do everything possible to prevent the barbarism of a "eugenics mentality" from creeping into the decisions which impinge on the lives of other people.

Finally, by also sending this petition to the French Council of State, we wish to remind them of the big mistake they made by banning the aforementioned video, and demand that they reverse this ethically-repugnant and discriminatory decision.

To summarise: TVR, thank you for leading by example! EU Commissioner for Culture, Mr Tibor Navracsics, this is an example you can point to, when suggesting new means of eliminating prejudice against people with Down Syndrome. And, French Council of State, please get your act together and reverse your horrible decision to ban the video showing happy people with Down Syndrome.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Bravo! Congratulate Romanian State TV for Mainstreaming Reporters with Down Syndrome!

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