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UNICEF regional media award: Submission deadline on 20 July, 2011

Cairo, 14 July 2011 – If you are a journalist or a young person who produced a media product on children in the Middle East or North Africa, and have filed stories on violence against children in the past 12 months, UNICEF wants to hear from you!

UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa is currently in the last week of receiving submissions to its Regional Award for Media on Child Rights, an award for excellence in reporting on children issues in the region. This year, the focus is on violence against children.

“We are receiving submissions from all over the world. Children and youth of the region have been in the spotlight in the past few months and have gotten an immense media coverage”, says Charbel Raji, UNICEF Regional Chief of Media and Communication a.i for the Middle East and North Africa. “The theme of the year is violence against children. At a time when the region is going through such turmoil, the issue of violence and how to address it cannot be timelier”.

UNICEF calls for submissions in the following categories: television, radio, print, photograph, online and caricature. Only works published or aired between 20 August 2010 and 20 July 2011 will be considered.

The purpose of the award is to improve and increase media coverage of children’s issues in the region. Among the criteria are relevance and significance of the chosen topic; quality and originality of journalistic approaches; depth and accuracy of investigative work; effort involved, objectivity and impartiality. The jury for the final award is composed by UNICEF experts, officials from international organizations, media partners and members of youth-led media initiatives.

“Media professionals are agents of change and they are one of our main partners to improve the status of children in the region. We are also keen on making young people speak for themselves which is why a special award will be given to an outstanding youth participation”, added Raji.

UNICEF works in the field in more than 150 countries and regions in order to help children survive and grow from nearly childhood up to the end of adolescence. As the world's last provider of vaccines to developing countries, UNICEF offers support in the field of child health and nutrition, safe water, sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and protection of children against violence, exploitation and HIV and AIDS. UNICEF is fully funded by contributions from governments, foundations and individuals.

For further information, please contact
Mohamed Megahed, UNICEF Egypt, 25265083,



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