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November 2006

Teleradio Moldova wins 2006 ICDB Award

November 21, 2006 - NY, USA - Teleradio Moldova has won the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, presented by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award was given to the broadcaster for programming that reflected the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme in 2005: Sports for Development and Peace.
The award was presented to Teleradio Moldova Producer Ecaterina Telescu at the Academy’s 34th International Emmy® Awards Gala on November 20 at the Hilton Hotel in New York.
“Teleradio Moldova best embodied the spirit of the ICDB by incorporating youth voices in the programming and production process,” said Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section. “We were impressed by the high calibre of all the nominees’ programmes and proud to have such great work as part of our ICDB initiative.”
Teleradio Moldova’s entry, “Let’s Play,” featured two hours of programming that included a live talk show, video reports and in-studio games. The live talk show was moderated by young journalists Daniela Babici (15) and Dumitru Antoceanu (23). Teams of young journalists pitted their wits and strength against adult journalists in quizzes and sports.
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"Chechnya through the Eyes of Children": Photography exhibition opens in Chechnya

The ten young photographers whose work is on exhibition in Grozny. © UNICEF Russia/2006
November 17, 2006 - More than a hundred people, including senior officials from the Government of Chechnya, representatives from international agencies, local media and the local community today attended the opening of a photography exhibition called "Chechnya through the Eyes of Children". This exhibition, which will run for a fortnight, is presented by UNICEF with financial assistance from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and is on display in the premises of the Youth Affairs Committee of the Government of Chechnya.
"In my photos I tried to tell the adults that we, the children of Chechnya, need protection and care," - Yaser Osterkhanov, age 12.
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Botswana radio training helps young people speak their minds for all to hear

Thirteen children aged 10 to 16 and their adult facilitators gather after participating in the three-day radio training workshop in Gabarone © UNICEF Botswana/2006/Leshomo

Thirteen children between the ages of 10 and 16 recently completed a radio production training workshop in Gabarone, Botswana. The workshop culminated in the making of a 12-minute programme covering such topics as sports, music and violence against children, and highlighting the voices and new skills of all the participants.
Radio Botswana, which airs several children's programmes, has decided to convert those shows to child-to-child broadcasts using youth production as much as possible. The radio training workshop - held in September, sponsored by Radio Botswana and supported by UNICEF - was a step in that direction.
Youth media production initiatives like the Botswana project reinforce the right of children to express their opinions and make decisions about the issues that directly affect them.
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Japanese broadcaster wins 2006 Child Rights Award

Kansai Telecasting Corporation of Japan was declared the winner of the ABU-CASBAA-UNICEF Children's Rights Award 2006 tonight for its year-long reportage on child abuse in the country.
The winning documentary, entitled "Conquering the Darkness - The Fight Against Memories of Abuse", features a 33-year-old mother who was abused as a child and who subsequently abused her own children. Its producer, Shinichi Sugimoto, received the award during the ABU Prizes 2006 presentation ceremony which was held on the first day of the 43rd ABU General Assembly in Beijing. On his win, he said: "We are often quick to point the finger at parents who abuse their children, but patterns of abuse so often begin in childhood, creating a chain that can continue over generations.
"I am greatly honoured that our documentary has been selected for the Child Right's Award. I also would like to urge the media to help us realise our quest for a society free of abuse, prejudice and persecution."
Established in 2001, the Child Rights Award is given to the best television programming on a child rights issues produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognises the efforts of broadcasters in pursuing the production of top-quality children's programmes and better news coverage of children's issues. This year, the Child Rights Award received a total of 40 entries from countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, South Korea and Singapore.
ABU Secretary-General, David Astley, said: "The Child Rights Award is a significant platform that allows broadcasters in the Asia- Pacific to demonstrate their ability to produce quality programming on children's issues. The ABU wants to encourage broadcasters to continue to invest in such programmes in the future." Simon Twiston Davies, CEO of the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), said that the continued participation of regional broadcasters in the award underlined their resolve towards producing educational and entertaining programmes for and about children.
Madeline Eisner, UNICEF Regional Communication Advisor for East Asia and the Pacific Office, said: "This year's entries continue to illustrate the great influence television wields to command the attention of viewers regarding issues affecting children and comes at a timely moment with the just released UN Secretary-General's study on violence against children."
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Philippines youth journalists share their views through children’s TV network

A crew member from the Kabataan News Network, a youth-oriented project supported by UNICEF, tapes a segment for a feature story in a junkyard outside Manila -
© UNICEF Philippines/2006
Each December, UNICEF's International Children’s Day of Broadcasting involves young people worldwide in media programming and production, giving them a chance to express their opinions on major issues and develop new skills. Here is one in a series of stories about youth media.
MANILA, 6 November 2006 – The Kabataan News Network (KNN) is the centerpiece of UNICEF’s communications work for and with adolescents in the Philippines. The network’s production crew consists of camera people, reporters and production assistants, all of whom are in their teens.
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"We Want A Media On the Child's Side"
Children's Rights group says "Respecting children rights but violating human rights is unthinkable. Media organizations should first declare principles to their readership and opportunities should be provided for children to participate in the media"
BIA (Istanbul) - Turkey's leading children's rights group Gundem Cocuk (Association to Promote, Expand, Enforce and Monitor Enforcement of Children Rights) believes the way forward for another media is to have a media that is on the side of the child which effectively creates opportunities for children to participate in that media.
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Uzbek teenagers produce OneMinuteJr videos

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1 November 2006 – What are my rights and why should I care about them? These and many other difficult questions were put up front of 20 young people aged 12-18 including some from orphanages and vulnerable families who met in Tashkent. They came from different regions of Uzbekistan for the first OneMinutesJr workshop in Uzbekistan, which was organized by UNICEF Uzbekistan, the Young People's Media Network (YPMN), the Yangi Avlod Media Club and the Sandberg Institute.
During the 5-day workshop, young people have been learning how to tell a story in a one minute video. The topics were chosen by the young filmmakers who were also the actors, directors and cameramen of the films.
“The workshop taught me about my rights and how I can tell about them in one minute”, said Kamila Salahuddinova from Ferghana City. She and her mother have been denied Uzbek citizenship for about 10 years and as the results some of her universal rights are restrained.
The young people were trained by Aimilia Mouzaki and David Djindjinkhashvili from the Netherlands and from Georgia, both graduates of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and Chris Schuepp, regional UNICEF consultant.
"I see the real emotions and serious concern about their rights expressed by children themselves”, said UNICEF Representative Reza Hossaini at the closing ceremony, where children enjoyed watching their videos made during the workshop. “And it is an excellent opportunity to raise children voices in promotion of their rights.”
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Newspaper project for young people gets top honors
A major Indian newspaper has received international honors for a project that promotes news readership among young people and encourages them to try out journalism.
The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has named the Times of India the 2006 World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year.

Youth Radio offers more than just broadcast experience
D'Mariey Johnson, 15, always knew he had a knack for writing. He also knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. But the Richmond teen didn't know where to go to get the skills until about a year ago, when an organization called Youth Radio set up shop and held lessons at his apartment complex, the Barrett's Housing Project.
Today, Johnson teaches students how to write and webcast radio commentary at Youth Radio in Berkeley.
"The area I live in is straight up violence, [Youth Radio] is something to get out of the way. You can go forward in life," said Johnson, who recently received a peer leadership award for his community service from Northern California Grantmakers' Association, a philanthropic association of foundations and corporate sponsors.

Youth journalists interview Burundi?s President Pierre Nkurunziza on key issues
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 17 October 2006 - Despite his government#s cautious relations with private radio stations and journalists, President Pierre Nkurunziza last week granted a one-hour candid interview to 14 child journalists and warmly praised UNICEF for training the youths.
UNICEF Burundi initiated the training of child journalists in December 2005 for the International Children?s Day of Broadcasting, a joint project of UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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Tracing Europe - photo contest
Whether you read your daily newspaper, listen to the radio, watch TV or surf the internet ? Europe is omnipresent, but still far away. At first sight Europe may not seem to affect you, not part of your everyday life or touch you personally.
However Europe is not just politics, but more importantly about people, culture, monuments, clothing etc...
What is Europe in your eyes? What is your conception of Europe? Where can you trace Europe in everyday life, in your personal surroundings, in your city, in your university or family?
You can uncover Europe with a picture!

‘Eye See’ photo project spotlights the views of young earthquake survivors in Pakistan
To mark the one-year anniversary of northern Pakistan’s devastating earthquake, UNICEF has launched the ‘Eye See II’ photo project, a special initiative to highlight the unique experiences and needs of children in the quake’s aftermath.
An exhibition of photos from the project opened today at UNICEF's New York headquarters and in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Twenty-one children from areas that were hard-hit by the earthquake attended the Islamabad event. There they met Pakistan’s President, General Pervez Musharraf, who toured the exhibit as part of the earthquake anniversary observance.
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New Disney Rules Limit Character Use in Kids' Foods
The Walt Disney Co. on Monday unveiled new licensing guidelines limiting most representation of its characters in children's foods to healthier offerings.
The move is one of the biggest efforts yet from marketers and media companies, who have come under increasing attack by lawmakers who say such marketing is contributing to increased childhood obesity, charges the companies vociferously deny. Some consumer groups called for Disney to go further and impose limits on the kinds of kids' food products that can be advertised on the ABC Network.
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Violence through the eyes of teenagers

© UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2006 - Filming of a bullying scene for one of OneMinutesJr videos at the workshop in Tirana.
"What does violence look like, what does violence feel like? And how do we show it in a minute?"
October 5 2006 - These questions are on the minds of 21 teenagers from Albania this week. They have met in the Marubi Film School to produce OneMinuteJr films on different forms of violence against children. Supported by UNICEF Albania, the teenagers and their trainers will spend five days writing, filming and editing their stories. They will be ready in time for the launch of the UN Study on Violence against Children next week (October 11/12, 2006). The films will open the national launch event for the global UN study in the capital Tirana.

Storytelling takes a new form in North-East Delhi
"I never thought I would be able to make a film" said 16-year-old Farzana Malik. She and other young girls from Seelampur and Ballimaran ICT Centers, in North-East Delhi recently participated in a six-day digital storytelling workshop.
The participants of the event that was organized by UNESCO in association with Datamation Foundation Charitable Trust as part of the Finding a Voice project, were trained by Sheela Sethuraman, Executive Director of Eduweave, USA.
The digital storytelling workshop was a unique initiative for spreading awareness and information through visual media in the community. The prime aim of this workshop was to use the power of storytelling in combination with computer technology to help voiceless women raise issues and share their personal experiences. Another goal was to identify master trainers among youth who could mentor and provide training to other interested community members.
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Un minuto por mis derechos

After 5 months of friendly meetings, deep reflections and hard collective work, the 450 young people who are participating in the 2006 edition of un minuto por mis derechos in Argentina are already editing more than 70 videos.
With the help of 25 facilitators formed in media production and human rights, all of them gathered in the 18 workshops developed in 8 Argentinean provinces from North to South. Although many miles separate these children from one another, all are joined in one common aim: Be able to express their thoughts, dreams, rights, realities and give a clear message in an artistic way. The 2006 productions will be presented in a big show in the imágenes jóvenes cinema festival, that will take place on october 10 th in Gaumont Cinema, one of the most traditional in Buenos Aires City.

UN MINUTO POR MIS DERECHOS es una iniciativa impulsada por UNICEF que, en Argentina, es promovida por la oficina local y llevada adelante por la Fundación Kine, Cultural y Educativa.
El proyecto convoca a adolescentes entre 14 y 21 años a expresarse de forma creativa y amplia sobre sus derechos a través del lenguaje audiovisual y mediante la realización de videos de 1 minuto de duración.

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