Meena Media Awards 2009: UNICEF recognizes media for their commitment to children’s issuesDHAKA, 4 November 2009. For the fifth consecutive year, UNICEF organized the Meena Media Awards ceremony in Dhaka today to recognize journalists and producers who promoted children’s rights through their reports and production in print and broadcast media. A total of 19 writers, presenters, film makers and producers received the UNICEF Awards this year. The Meena Media Awards are also innovative in that they recognize child journalists under 18 who have written outstanding articles or produced high quality videos.
Congratulating the winners for their contribution and achievement in advocating for children, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh, Carel de Rooy, said: “The potential of all the media uniting for children is huge. Together you can make a difference and influence both the public opinion and policy makers so they can take action against child rights violations. You can help create a better Bangladesh for all the ‘Meenas’ of this country.”
Carel de Rooy also underlined the importance of the media giving space or airtime to children so they can express their views and opinions on matters that concern them. “The right to participate is a fundamental right for all children inscribed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Media can play a crucial role in helping children to participate fully in the society.”
Seven eminent judges from the fields of literature, journalism, academia, film and documentary media judged huge number of entries from print and electronic media to select winners. A thorough and transparent process was followed. Selina Hossain, Ratan Paul, Shahnoor Wahid, Shumana Sharmin, Robaet Ferdous, Shamim Shahed and Kayes Chowdhury were in the panel of judges. Selina Hossain, on behalf of the panel, also spoke in the award ceremony.
The Meena Media Awards were introduced in 2005 by UNICEF to celebrate excellence in raising awareness of children’s issues in both print and broadcast media. The award is named after Meena, the popular animation character created in Bangladesh. Meena is the iconic girl child, a change agent, whose attractive stories champion the rights of children across South Asia. In its fifth year, Meena Media Awards generated an overwhelming response and received a large number of entries from across the country.
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