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Democracy Video Challenge Announces 18 Finalists

People around the world can now vote for the videos they find the best, with six winners honored in September.

The Democracy Video Challenge, an online video contest aimed at fostering a global discussion on democracy, unveiled its 18 finalists for public vote on its YouTube channel,

People around the world can now vote for the videos they find the best.

Six winners, one from each of six geographic regions of the world, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, New York and Washington in September.

The Democracy Video Challenge submission from Pascal Mpawenayo of Burundi.

Voting ends midnight GMT on June 15, 2010.

The Democracy Video Challenge is a part of “Democracy is…,” a global conversation created by apublic-private partnership that includes democracy and youth organizations, the film and entertainment industry, academia and the U.S. government. It leverages social networks and various creative tools to engage people around the world to share, consider, debate, and learn from diverse perspectives on democracy.

“At its core, the ‘Democracy is…’ global conversation capitalizes on technology to provide a platform for people to express themselves. Wherever you live, whoever you are, whatever your opinion is, your voice is welcome,” said John Sullivan, executive director of the Center for International Private Enterprise. “Our interest is in helping to fuel and grow the conversation so as many people as possible are able to participate. The success of the Democracy Video Challenge validates the power of open, accessible dialogue.”

The Democracy Video Challenge asks people around the world to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” through short online videos, submitted online. Since its launch two years ago, more than 1,600 people from 111 countries submitted entries and spurred the online engagement of at least 1.5 million people.

The Democracy Video Challenge high-level jury, chaired by renowned Peruvian economist and President of the Institute for Liberty & Democracy Hernando de Soto, narrowed the field to 18 finalists, three videos from each of the world’s six geographic regions.

2010 finalists include submissions from Burundi, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Nepal, Colombia, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Poland, Iran, Nepal, the United States, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Israel and Pakistan,

Take a trip to to view all videos and vote for each regional winner.

“Democracy is…” will be expanding its online footprint with the launch of a Democracy Photo Challenge in June. The photo contest, like the video challenge, asks global citizens to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” by using creative digital products.

The Democracy Video Challenge was launched online and at the United Nations on the International Day of Democracy, Sept. 15, 2008. Partners and participating organizations include the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Republican Institute, the International Youth Foundation, the National Democratic Institute, the Motion Picture Association of America, NBC-Universal, the Recording Industry Association of America, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, TakingITGlobal, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the U.S. Department of State, William Morris Endeavor, and YouTube.

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