UNICEF presents special awards to child-friendly journalists
TBILISI, 11 December 2006. As part of today’s 60th anniversary celebrations, UNICEF Georgia presented special awards to journalists who partnered with UNICEF in 2006 to draw public attention to the problems of children in Georgia.
“Journalists can act as the eyes, ears and voices of those who need our attention most of all. It is true that in today’s world, politics plays the most visible role in news coverage and very often a child’s voice is not heard,” said UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Giovanna Barberis, at an anniversary conference held in Tbilisi. “However it is equally important to consider the ‘children’s angle’ within conventional news coverage,” she added.
“In view of this, we would like to thank those journalists who have closely partnered with us during the past year to highlight concrete issues relating to the situation of children in Georgia.”
UNICEF presented special certificates of appreciation and small gifts to 24 journalists from various media outlets, television, radio and press.
“We will continue to be a voice for children and hope this will be our contribution towards the overcoming of the difficulties that the children of Georgia face nowadays,” said Nino Kvantrishvili, Imedi TV company.
UNICEF will continue to expand the group of child-friendly journalists in Georgia planning next year to support media professionals in enhancing their skills in child-friendly reporting through developing a relevant training curriculum on child rights and by partnering with media training institutions. In 2007 UNICEF will also build on its partnership with the Media Council and other media-monitoring institutions to ensure systematic monitoring of coverage of children in Georgian Media.
For further information, please contact:
Maya Kurtsikidze, Communications Officer, UNICEF Georgia