Meena Media Award 2012: UNICEF Honours Thirty-two Media FrontrunnersDhaka, 18 November 2012: The merit of 32 journalists, documentary makers and writers was honoured today (Sunday) by UNICEF for their excellent work in promoting child rights in media during the last one year. UNICEF announced the winners of the eighth annual Meena Media Award who were selected from around 500 entries. Information Minister, Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu and UNICEF Bangladesh Representative, Pascal Villeneuve, presented crests and certificates to the winners at a colourful awards function held in Dhaka in presence of media representatives, children and other guests.
“We are proud to honour you for your extraordinary achievements”, said Pascal Villeneuve as he congratulated the winners and nominees. “You have produced reports, articles, features and stories in the interest of children, through which you have raised the voice of voiceless children. This is the main sprit of the Meena Media Award -- advancing child rights in media.”
“Let us follow Meena’s sprit and make things better for our children. With your support, we will be able to present children’s voices in the public domain, ensure children’s participation, and bring children’s issues at the centre-stage of attention”, Pascal Villeneuve added. The 8th Meena Media Award has generated overwhelming response in comparison to last year as it received around 500 entries both in print and broadcast media. Broadly divided into ‘creative’ and ‘journalistic’ categories, entries have been sought from print, television and radio under specific age groups.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd award recipients of each category and age-groups received Tk 50,000, Tk 25,000 and Tk 15,000 in cash prize respectively in addition to a crest.
An 8-member expert panel of judges comprising of creative writer, veteran print and electronic media professionals, audio-visual experts and academics assessed each entry through a strict marking process where the names of the participants were replaced by a serial number. The judges included Selina Hossain, Shamim Reza, Shahnoor Wahid, Farid Hossain, Robaet Ferdous, Shamim Shahed, Ratan Paul and Qadir Kollol.
Among others, the programme was attended by Jewel Aich, renowned magician and UNICEF’s Advocate for Children’s Rights, journalists, children who are living in the NGO-run drop in centres and guests from different sectors including government officials.
The Meena Media Award was introduced by UNICEF in 2005 to celebrate excellence in creative media and journalism in both print and electronic streams. The award is named after Meena, a popular animation character held dear by children and adults alike in Bangladesh. Meena epitomizes an iconic girl child who is a change agent in her community and whose stories champion the rights of children across South Asia.
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