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AJI - UNICEF unveils awards for best media reporting on children’s issues for 2009

JAKARTA, 8 April 2010 — In Jakarta today, winners of the Fourth Annual Best Media Reporting on Child Issues awards were announced at a special ceremony by The Alliance for Independent Journalists and UNICEF.

The awards honor the efforts of journalists and media organizations in producing outstanding journalism across a range of media that accurately depicts the challenges faced by children in Indonesia today. This year, the organizers received a total of 233 entries, gathered during 2009, from across the country.

M. Azis Tunny, with A Reflection on 11 years of Conflict in Ambon from the Koran Rakyat Tenggara in Maluku, won the print category. The radio award winner was Shinta Ardhany, with Forced Marriage in Central Sumba, from KBRH68, Jakarta. Reporters Irfan Radyad and Soraya Djufril of Global TV, Jakarta took out the TV award for their moving report, A Vignette from the Streets.

Since it was launched in 2006, these awards have become an eagerly anticipated annual event celebrating the best media coverage of issues affecting children in Indonesia. The winning entries from print, radio and TV categories were selected by a panel of jurors made up of distinguished reporters, child rights experts and industry representatives.

“In today’s world, the collective reach of media of all kinds has become more valuable and urgent than ever for the promotion of child rights and welfare issues and to mobilize change in their favor,” said UNICEF Representative Angela Kearney.
Nezar Patria, Chairman of AJI Indonesia, said, “Journalists’ understanding on children’s issues are more crucial than ever for keeping children’s rights on the news agenda by scrutinizing efforts to protect those rights and challenging those who fail to meet their commitments to children." 

As part of the award ceremony, UNICEF and AJI held a panel discussion to highlight plans to raise the age of criminal responsibility and efforts to shorten or divert legal procedures for juvenile delinquents in the light of revisions to the juvenile justice framework due for submission  to the national parliament at the end of April.

For more information contact: AJI: Rach Alida Bahaweres, AJI-UNICEF 2008, telp. 081330392480 or UNICEF: Lely Djuhari, Communication Specialist, telp. 0811802338




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