UNICEF gives special awards to child friendly journalists
TBILISI, 11 December 2006. Celebrating its 60th anniversary at the end of the year, UNICEF gave special awards to those journalists who have partnered with UNICEF during the whole year to draw public attention to the problems of children in Georgia.
“Journalists act as eyes, ears and voices of those who need our attention most of all. It is true that in our today’s world politics play the most important role in news coverage and very often children’s voice is not heard. But it is equally important to consider the ‘children’s angle’ in more conventional news coverage.” says Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Georgia at the conference in Tbilisi dedicated to the UNICEF 60th anniversary, “In this view we would like to thank those journalists who have closely partnered with us during the year to highlight concrete issues related to the situation of children in Georgia.”
UNICEF presented special certificates of appreciation and small gifts to 24 journalists from various media outlets, TV, radio or press.
“We will continue to be a voice of children and hope this will be our contribution in overcoming those difficulties children of Georgia face nowadays”, says Nino Kvantrishvili from Imedi TV company.
UNICEF will continue to expend the group of child-friendly journalists in Georgia. Next year UNICEF is planning to support journalists in enhancing their skills in child-friendly reporting through developing the relevant training curriculum on child rights and partnering with media training institutions. Next year UNICEF will also enhance its partnership with Media Council and other media monitoring institutions to ensure systematic monitoring of coverage of children in Georgian Media.
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