Dhaka, Oct 27 : UNICEF Bangladesh on Sunday honored 45 media professionals for their outstanding works on children’s issues during the 15 th edition of Meena Media Award.
The awards were designed to inspire better and objective reporting on child rights and other issues relevant to the wellbeing of children across Bangladesh. The event celebrated excellence in creative media and Journalism in print, electronic, on line and visual platforms.
The awards have been selected from 76 nominees in 14 categories with the number of total enter recorded at more than 1000, surprising last year’s total entry of 850.
The award ceremony also hosted an enthralling performance by popular music group Warfaze and animated performances by a group of disadvantaged children from a UNICEF supported project.
UNICEF Bangladesh Goodwill Ambassadors- magician Jewel Aich, Actor Arifa Zaman Mousami, cricket superstar Shakib Al Hasan, UNICEF child right Advocate BAND group Warfaze Representative Sheikh Monirul Alam Tipu-and Tomoo Hozumi Representative ,UNICEF Bangladesh handed over the awards to the winners amid much fanfare.
“Media plays a very critical role in development of any society. It highlights progress but at the same time, points out remaining as well as newly emerging challenges,” said Tomoo Hozumi, Representative ,UNICEF Bangladesh.
Terming the media as eyes and ears of the society he added, I hope the media professionals present here today and beyond will continue to play a pivotal role in regular, tactful and analytical reporting of issues concerning children to galvanize the society towards actions to address them”.
A 12-member expert panel of judges comprising of leading creative writers, veteran media professionals both from print and broadcast media, photographers and academics assessed each entry through a strict marking process where the names of the participants were replaced by a specific code number to ensure non-biased judgment.(UNI)