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UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East & North Africa Announces Winners of 2012 Regional Media Award on Child Rights


AMMAN, 16 December 2012- UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa today announced the winners of the 5th UNICEF Regional Media Award on Child Rights for 2012.

Awarded annually, the Media Award recognizes excellence in reporting in the Arab media on the situation and issues of children in the Middle-East and North Africa. Over the past five years the Award has focused on issues such as children’s rights, health and education.


The theme for this year’s award was: Children in the Middle East and North Africa, the rights and the challenges.

The jury included media specialists who considered criteria such as the relevance of the selected topic, the quality and originality of the journalistic approach and the depth and accuracy of the investigative work.

This year’s winners are:

Television category:   “Swalefna Helwe” a weekly talk-show on Dubai TV for a special episode focusing on child labour in the region.

Radio category: A report by Amal Allam from Sawt Al-Arab Radio Network analysed how Egyptian children remain subject to exploitation and violence. She reported on the plight of tens of thousands of children living on the streets, and also on the high rate of female genital mutilation/cutting in the country.

Print media category:  Mayada Daoud Hasan from Iraq wrote a powerful article on the challenges homeless people face in her country. She highlighted the importance of providing children with safe places which offer them a sense of normalcy, psychosocial support, and protection against harm.

Electronic media category:   Fouad Al Elwee from Yemen profiled several Yemeni street children and showed how they have been deprived of their basic rights to health, education and protection.

Photography category : Photo essay by Ahed Ezheman from the Occupied Palestinian Territory on children in Refaieh.

Cartoons category:  The work of cartoonist Anas Al-Laqees from Lebanon portrayed the situation of children in their daily lives at home and at school and presented them in a bitter yet powerful light.



UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:


For further information, please contact:

  • Charbel Raji, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, +962-79-731-5788,


  • Reem  Najjar, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, +962-79-575-1075,




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