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Media urged to highlight child rights


Unicef representatives urged all journalists, children and adolescents in the Arab World to participate actively in the Arab Media Humanitarian Forum Award launched by the Unicef's Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa and the Dubai Press Club.

This award aims at motivating journalists and adolescents to highlight their concerns and contribute in finding adequate solutions. It encourages them to express themselves and helps them convey their message through the media to the biggest number of readers, viewers and listeners.

The first edition of the prize will include four categories: television, radio, print media and online media as well as materials produced by adolescents. It will reward the best coverage of adolescents themes in the region and awards will be given to four winners per category.

The award is open to all materials in Arabic, published or broadcast between Jan.1, 2008 and Oct.15 2008.

Abdel Rahman Ghandour, regional chief of Communication at Unicef MENA, noted that "children and adolescent represent the biggest chunk of our region, and the Arab media play a major role in tackling their issues."

"The efficient participation of journalists contributes by leveraging the level of awareness on these concerns and striving to find suitable solutions."

"It is important to encourage children and adolescents to participate and express their views, in their own style, on the issues that matter the most to them. The media represent the adequate forum to convey these ideas and topics, and we urge all journalists and adolescents to participate actively in all categories of the award," he said.

Maryam Bin Fahad, Dubai Press Club executive director said that the Unicef plays a vital role in encouraging children and adolescents to express themselves. The award will be a real opportunity to discover talents in this age group, in addition to being a pioneer initiative that stresses on the humanitarian dimension of communication."

Bin Fahad explains that "based on DPC's established experience in organising awards, and to ensure the highest level of transparency and objectivity in evaluating the participations, a jury will be formed of Unicef communication officers, key journalists and those in charge of key media initiatives led by youngsters.

The jury will abide by the highest standards and best practices to ensure that quality is maintained while evaluating the content of all participations from different Arab countries, so that the committee will be able to choose winners and announce their names at the fourth Arab media humanitarian forum next November."

Unicef offices in the Arab World will receive submissions from all participating countries. The Arab Media Humanitarian Award will become an annual award with a different theme and topic to be announced at the start of each edition.

Source: Gulf Today

Posted: 23/07/2008

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