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