The 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year will take place on Sunday, November 26 in Nice at the Palais Nikaia hall. 16 countries will take part in the competition, including Poland. After five competitions, Kazakhstan withdrew from the event. This year, Poland will be represented by Maja Krzyżewska with the song “I Just Need a Friend”.
Junior Eurovision announces new policy. All this to better protect children
From 2023, new safety rules will apply to the competition, which are intended to most effectively protect young artists. The European Broadcasting Union has updated the document, which contains very detailed descriptions of activities to ensure the safety of participants. In Poland, one of the people responsible for compliance with the regulations is Marta Piekarska from TVP, head of the group coordinating the event.
“This is a huge distinction for me, but also a very big responsibility. My biggest task and goal is to make all children feel absolutely special and comfortable during the entire Eurovision week. To take the greatest emotions back to their countries,” she said in an interview with the website. eurowizja.org, Marta Piekarska.
New safety rules for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
The new EBU policy was announced already in the summer by Anna Maria Bordas, the Spanish head of the delegation. The set of rules is based on the regulations that have been used by the BBC, a broadcaster participating in the competition since 2022, for years. In October, a document was revealed that described ways to counteract violence, abuse and hate against people under 18 years of age.
As quoted by eurowizja.org, one of the aims set out in the new regulations is to “communicate that the EBU, the host broadcaster and participating broadcasters do not tolerate any form of violence against children, including the grooming, viewing and possession and/or dissemination of violent images children, molestation or stalking by anyone involved to any extent. Any person with a contractual relationship with Eurovision Junior, the EBU, the host broadcaster and participating broadcasters or accredited, if discovered, will be reported to the police and/or child protection agency and subject to disciplinary action , with the possibility of being removed from the event and/or duties within Eurovision Junior.
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