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Radio Television Hong Kong wins Child Rights Award for second time

UNICEF Area Representative for Central Asian Republics and Kazakhstan Juan Aguilar (right) presents the award to RTHK producer, Phoebe Chan (left).
ALMATY/HONG KONG/BANGKOK, 8 October 2004 - Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is the winner of the 2004 CASBAA/ABU UNICEF Child Rights Award, which was presented during a gala presentation at the annual ABU Prizes Awards Ceremony held in Almaty, Kazakhstan last week in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s General Assembly.

RTHK’s production, Hong Kong Connection: Children In Need, was chosen from 10 finalists shortlisted in the competition for the annual Child Rights award.  The award is given in recognition of the best television programme devoted to an issue related to children’s rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“The winning entry is a well-researched and powerful depiction of how child labour constitutes a devastating abuse of these rights. We look forward to seeing more and more child rights programming of this quality in the future,” said Madeline Eisner, spokesperson for UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Office.

RTHK is no stranger to winning this award. They won it in 2002 for their programme, Child Soldiers.

“The protection of children’s rights is an issue of vital importance throughout our region, and this award serves to recognize broadcasters who bring the issue to public attention,” the ABU Secretary-General, David Astley, said. “We at the ABU are delighted to be a partner with UNICEF and CASBAA in presenting the award each year.”

Competing for the award were 44 programmes submitted by 17 broadcasters from 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. The other finalists in this year’s competition were:

  • Little Emperors Grab the Mic by Star TV China
  • Soo Hai Bhen (the power to fight) by Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities (broadcast on Channel-11, Thailand)
  • Theekkuchi by Mediacorp TV 12, Singapore
  • Kids’ Planet, episodes #1 - #5 by Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong
  • A Shade of Light by Nile TV International, Egypt
  • My name is Bataa by Mongolian Radio & Television
  • Monday Report: “A Loving Down’s Family” by Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong
  • Jessica Soho Report: “Missing” by GMA Network, Inc., Philippines
  • I-Witness: “Batang CP” by GMA Network, Inc., Philippines

The award was presented to RTHK’s Ms Phoebe Chan, the programme producer by Mr Juan Aguilar, UNICEF Area Representative for Central Asian Republics and Kazakhstan, during the ABU Prizes Awards Ceremony in Alamaty, Kazakhstan.

For more than 53 years UNICEF has been helping governments, communities and families make the world a better place for children. Part of the United Nations system, UNICEF’s mandate requires that it lead advocacy efforts for children. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is charged with establishing and promoting “international standards of behaviour towards children.” 

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia is the region's leading non-profit trade organisation for the promotion of multi-channel television and data transmission via cable and satellite networks. CASBAA represents some 125 Asia-based corporations, which in turn serve more than 3 billion people. Member organisations include, Time Warner, Vivendi Universal, MTV Networks Asia Pacific, Discovery Networks Asia, ESPN STAR Sports, UBC, Motorola, Sony Pictures Television International, BBC World, Bloomberg Television, ABN AMRO, Galaxy, IBM, ASTRO, PCCW, Boeing Space Systems, STAR Group, AsiaSat and Turner International.

About ABU
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is a professional association of broadcasting organisations in the region, which covers two-fifths of the world's circumference and contains nearly two-thirds of its population. The ABU was established in 1964. It now has about 100 members in 50 countries and regions.  As a majority of ABU members operate in developing countries, special attention is given to aspects of broadcasting of particular interest to broadcasters in those countries.

For further information, please contact:
Madeline Eisner
Regional Communication Officer
UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office
19 Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel:  (66 2) 356 9408
Fax: (66 2) 280 3563

Urai Singpaiboonporn
Senior Communication Assistant
UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office
Tel: (66 2) 356 9409

Rebecca Kennedy
Communications Manager
Tel:  (852) 2854 9913

Sangeeta Mahawar
Senior Executive
Tel: (603) 2282 2480



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