Sudanese journalists win prizes at UNICEF regional media awards
Khartoum, 3 October – Two Sudanese journalists were recognised for their reporting on children’s issues at media awards organized by UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa last week.
Violence against children in the Middle East and North Africa was the theme for this year’s awards. The winners were recognized at a ceremony in Dubai on September 28 attended by UNICEF Regional Director, Shahida Azfar, and UNICEF’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador, Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.
A film by Magdi Elyas of Blue Nile television investigating child labour in Sudan was judged the winning entry in the broadcast category. Meanwhile, Marwa El Tigani’s report on the practice of female genital mutilation for sudanile.com was joint winner in the online category.
Speaking at the event, Ms Azfar said the media and UNICEF were “natural partners” in promoting children’s rights.
She said that since the beginning of 2011, children and young people across the Middle East had reminded the world that they could be active agents of change.
At a one-day meeting preceding the award ceremony, media, humanitarian and development experts talked about how young people have been represented during the Arab Spring and the role of media and the development community in placing children’s issues at the heart of the reform agenda.
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