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Finalists announced for the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2013

Hong Kong, 17 October 2013 – Ten documentaries have been shortlisted for the 2013 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for broadcasting.

Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication for UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, said: “We were very impressed with the overall quality of the entries, which showcase many important issues from child labour to malnutrition. The fantastic programmes produced by the finalists show that the best television in the Asia Pacific region deals with child rights in a serious and responsible way, and that this results in great television.”

The ten finalists are:
‘Afghan Working Children: Enforcing Laws, Ensuring Their Rights’
, produced by Aria TV, Afghanistan. This documentary addresses the issue of child labour in Afghanistan and identifies the causes of the problem and how it creates obstacles for the child development. It also addresses the issue of protection of working children.

‘East: ‘Australia’s Lost Generation’, produced by Al Jazeera English Television, Malaysia.  Australian Aboriginal youth suicide rates are among the highest in the world. This documentary looks at how some communities are trying to save their young population.

‘East: School For A Dollar’, produced by Al Jazeera English Television, Malaysia. This follows one man’s mission to wipe out illiteracy in Nepal – can Uttam Sanjel’s one dollar a month bamboo schools bring equality through education?

‘Infants among Flies’, produced by GMA Network Inc, Philippines. Around 8,000 babies are living in the slums near a garbage dumpsite in Tondo, Manila. Among them is the family of Aling Lourdesa who has five children and is already nine months pregnant with her sixth child. She and her husband along with their children earn a living rummaging through the garbage of the city.

Motorcycle Diaries: Child Laborers’, produced by GMA Network Inc, Philippines. According to the Philippines’ National Statistics Office, there are about three million Filipino children who are involved in hazardous jobs. This programme tells the stories of these children’s hardships and determination to live and provide for their families, and how they can be helped.

‘Reel Time: Banished Child’, produced by GMA Network Inc, Philippines. This programme follows Filipino migrant children whose ancestors moved to Malaysia to escape armed conflict and poverty in Mindanao.  They are undocumented and regarded as stateless.  The programme exposes the plight of these stateless children, denied of their rights to live in a place where they were born, in a place which they considered their home.

‘Reel Time: Bone Dry, produced by GMA Network Inc, Philippines. This documentary tells the story of Mary Rose, a girl from a very poor family living in a slum. Although Mary is 10, her height and weight are comparable to that of a 5-year old child. She lives with her five siblings, who have all been diagnosed as severely malnourished. Mary’s mother Vina earns less than a half a US dollar a day, and has to single-handedly provide for her six children.

‘School for Everyone’
, produced by Kansai Telecasting Corporation, Japan. This documentary is about schools for students with special needs in Japan.

‘Sunday Report: What If This Were Your Child’, produced by Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong. This documentary focuses on the difficulties autistic children face, especially in mainland China. The programme also explores the lives of several autistic children as well as how policy could be changed so that their lives can be improved. 

‘Five Years of the Cradle: Life and Ethics’, produced by Kumamoto Broacasting Co Ltd, Japan. Debate continues over the only facility in Japan receiving infants left anonymously. Is the facility saving the infants from abandonment and abuse or encouraging irresponsible pregnancies and child neglect? This programme follows the hospital's efforts running this facility over five years. (Due to copyright issues, this video clip cannot be displayed.)

The Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award was created by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), CASBAA and UNICEF in 2001. It is given annually to the best television programme produced in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on children’s rights. The winner will be announced on 24 October during the CASBAA Convention in Hong Kong.

For more information about the Award, please visit:

For media enquiries, please contact:
Olya Booyar
ABU (Kuala Lumpur)
+ 603 22822480

Desmond Chung:        
CASBAA (Hong Kong), + 852 3929 1712,                 

Kritsada Jirathun
UNICEF (Bangkok)
+66 2 356 92 49



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