Dhaka, 27 October 2019: UNICEF Bangladesh today (Sunday) honoured 45 media professionals for their outstanding works on children’s issues during the 15th edition of Meena Media Award.
The awards were designed to inspire better and objective reporting on child rights and other issues relevant to the wellbeing of children across Bangladesh. The event celebrated excellence in creative media and journalism in print, electronic, online and visual platforms.
The awardees have been selected from 76 nominees in 14 categories with the number of total entries recorded at more than 1,000, surpassing last year’s total entry of 850.
The award ceremony also hosted an enthralling performance by popular music group Warfaze and animated performances by a group of disadvantaged children from a UNICEF-supported project.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors – magician Jewel Aich, actor Arifa Zaman Moushumi, cricket superstar Shakib Al Hassan, UNICEF Bangladesh Child Rights Advocate Band Group Warfaze Representative Sheikh Monirul Alam Tipu – and Tomoo Hozumi, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh handed over the awards to the winners amid much fanfare.
“Media plays a very critical role in development of any society. It highlights progresses, but at the same time, points out remaining as well as newly emerging challenges,” said Tomoo Hozumi, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh.
Terming the media as ‘eyes and ears of the society’, he added: “I hope the media professionals present here today and beyond will continue to play a pivotal role in regular, factful and analytical reporting of issues concerning children to galvanise the society towards actions to address them.”
A 12-member expert panel of judges comprising of leading creative writers, veteran media professionals both from print and broadcast media, photographers and academics assessed each entry through a strict marking process where the names of the participants were replaced by a specific code number to ensure non-biased judgement.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.bd