AJI-UNICEF Media Awards calls attention to Digital Safety
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 29 November 2016 – The winners of this year’s Media Awards were announced on Tuesday, by UNICEF and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) acknowledging excellence in reporting about child rights issues.
The annual awards highlight some of the country’s best child rights reporting and each year a specific theme is also given a special mention. For this year, the theme focuses on the challenges of protecting children online, which was also the key theme for the earlier media training held in September. Both events are an opportunity for journalists to explore and demonstrate their skills in ethical child rights reporting.
The AJI-UNICEF Media training and Awards have been held since 2006 to encourage high-quality coverage of child rights issues in Indonesia. Whether a participant in the training event or not, all practicing journalists in Indonesia are eligible to submit entries each year on child’s rights issues. This year, 339 entries were received to the awards across all categories, which included print/online, photo, radio and television.
UNICEF Representative Gunilla Olsson stressed the important role of journalists in raising awareness and fostering a public debate about challenges and achievements when it comes to realizing children’s rights in Indonesia.
“Whether they are based in a small rural island, or a vastly populated urban area, journalists in Indonesia have a unique role to play in bringing issues into public debate,” said Ibu Gunilla. “Children don't have enough opportunities to protect and to be vocal about their rights, so journalists can help them by amplifying their voices and highlighting the issues to a wider audience.
Jury members for each of the categories included representation from UNICEF, AJI and KPAI, who have been deliberating over the past few weeks over some very high quality submissions. The final winners for this year’s awards are:
The “Special Mention” category this year is reserved for the best work from all submissions on the topic of Digital Safety. The winner is Zulfikar Husein from Viva.id with his article Menyulap Facebook Menjadi Beasiswa.
“15 per cent of Indonesians are online, and while many of them are young people enjoying the various benefits of the internet, they are also at risk from digital dangers such as sexual abuse, bullying, or privacy breaches.”Ibu Gunilla said. “so it is especially important that the media monitors this emerging area of child rights.”
The 2016 AJI-UNICEF Media Awards was held at the Ice Palace in Lotte Shopping Avenue, Jakarta.
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