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Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2007: A call to broadcasters

The ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are now inviting Asia-Pacific broadcasters and producers to submit entries for the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2007.

Programmes both for children and about children are eligible and can cover any child rights issue. Entries can include documentaries that detail the plight of children, dramas that help break down stereotypes and discrimination, or animation that teaches and entertains.
Entries must have been broadcast between August 2006 and July 2007 and must be received by 10 August 2007. The award will be presented at the CASBAA convention in Hong Kong on 2 November 2007. The winner will be flown there for the ceremony.

Past winners include:
• 2006: Conquering the Darkness – The Fight Against Memories of Abuse, by Japan’s Kansai Telecasting Corporation
• 2005: Juvenile Injustice, by Philippine’s ABS-CBN Channel 2
• 2004: Hong Kong Connection: Children In Need, by Radio Television Hong Kong
• 2003: Angels in Prison, by Philippines’ GMA-7 Channel
• 2002: Child Soldiers, by Radio Television Hong Kong
• 2001: Children Will Grow, by Japan’s Mainichi Institute

The ABU–CASBAA–UNICEF Child Rights Award, launched in 2001, is given each year for the best television programming on a child rights issue produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters in pursuing the production of top-quality children's programming and better news coverage of children's issues.
To obtain more information on the award, please visit or contact  Details on the Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found at
Note to editors:

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

ABU is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasting organizations, formed in 1964 to facilitate the development of broadcasting in the region. It is a forum for promoting the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and activities to encourage regional and international cooperation among them. It currently has more than 170 members in 56 countries, representing a potential audience of about 3 billion people. It organizes many projects to promote excellence in broadcasting and to improve the programmes, skills and technologies of its members, including the ABU Children's TV Programme Item Exchange.

Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA)

CASBAA is an industry-based advocacy group dedicated to the promotion of multi-channel television via cable, satellite, broadband and wireless video networks across the Asia Pacific region.  CASBAA represents some 120 Asia-based corporations, which in turn serve more than 3 billion people. Among the highest priorities for CASBAA is the promotion of free and fair markets, the protection of intellectual property rights and the development of thriving and competitive domestic communications industries. CASBAA 's focus in 2007 will be the impact of Mobile technologies; stepping up initiatives in India and China; continuing to engage the regulatory authorities in multiple markets; promoting industry development in Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan among others; and promoting the effectiveness of pay-TV as an advertising medium.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF works in 155 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 HIV infection. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:
Lisa Mohamad: ABU (Kuala Lumpur), + 603 2282-3592,
Sharon Galistan/ Katie Wong: CASBAA, +852 2854 9913,
Madeline Eisner: UNICEF Bangkok, +66 2 356 9406 or +66 1 8 701 4626
Kritsada Jirathun: UNICEF Bangkok, +66 2 356 92 49 or +66 9 8 1749525,



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