George Lacatus (34) is a Romanian journalist. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters at Bucharest University in 2008. In 2000, he completed journalism education for young Roma journalists at the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest. A native of Rm-Sarat, Buzau county, George first worked as a reporter for a local radio station. Between 2000 and 2004, he reported for the national newspaper Curierul National and between 2004 and 2009 worked as an investigative reporter at the Cotidianul newspaper. From 2009 to 2011, George worked as a reporter with the national newspaper Romania Libera and since January 2012 has been reporting for Evenimentul Zilei. In 2007, he won the first prize for his investigations in a national contest organized by the Romanian Press Club. George is president of Romania’s Roma Journalists Association (www.ajrr.ro), which he founded in 2009 with four colleagues. The association works to counter stereotyping of, and prejudice against, the Roma in the media. For his work with the association, George won in April 2012 the Special Award of Civil Rights of the Sinti and Roma Minorities awarded by the Central Council of Sinti and Roma Communities from Germany and Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation (Heidelberg, Germany).
Jarmila Balazova, is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, majoring in journalism with a specialization in television production.
From the second year of study while working in the majority and Roma media. She has extensive experience intelevision, where dramaturgovala summer programs for children, the author’s own talk show on public and privatetelevision. Among the most active personalities of Roma in the country.
She is chairperson of the civic association Romea, which specializes in media, education and anti-discriminationactivities and operates the widely navštěvoaný www.romea.cz server.
Currently, in addition to Romey, which is also the editor printed monthly voďi Romano, has been working for ten years in the Czech Radio 6, the former Czech section of Radio Free Europe.
In 2006 she received the prestigious journalist Karel Havlicek Borovsky Prize for his professional activities to promote human rights.
Ognyan Ogy Isaev is a journalist and activist from the town of Varbitsa town in the region of Shumen region, Bulgaria. In 2009, he graduated in Journalism at Shumen University Episcop Konstantin Preslavski. He is currently completing his master studies in psychology at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. Since 2008, he has been the coordinator of the youth program and PR specialist at Integro Association. Ogy’s professional interests include innovation in education, informal education, and intercultural dialogue. He has been active in various forums focused at creating policies for Roma inclusion and conducts monitoring of hate speech in the media. Ogy regularly writes for the Roma newspaper Drom Dromendar and the weekly Shumensky Pokazatel, with some of his articles appearing in national newspapers Novinar and Trud. He operates his own blog.