Nepal has launched the second edition of Nepal AIDS Media Awards (NAMA) 2011 to recognize and honour the key role the media is playing in helping combat the country’s highly complex epidemic. The launching of the awards was announced amid a formal function today at the completion of an HIV/AIDS Media Workshop and the inauguration of a “Handbook for Media Personnel on HIV/AIDS”. The awards ceremony is slated for World AIDS Day in December 1, 2011.
The awards was established last year with an initiative of the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV and Development (APLF), Media Panel- Nepal in collaboration with the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), and , and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
“We honoured three journalists for print, television and radio for their award winning reports in 2010. We are observing that NAMA has encouraged journalist for more issue based reporting. This year, we are confident of getting more entries highlighting the more human aspects of HIV for NAMA 2011,” noted Tirtha Koirala, Chief of News and Current Affairs of Kantipur Television Network Pvt. Ltd. and an APLF Media Leader since 2007. “I am proud to continue to work as the chair of the Awards Steering Committee and look forward together with my colleagues in selecting the best of the best from the entries we receive for 2011 also”.
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is continuing its work as the central secretariat of the awards and is responsible for disseminating information about the awards across the country, collecting the entries and then assisting in the formation of the Jury Panel in selecting the winners. “The FNJ is proud to be part of this initiative,” said Shiva Gaunle, President of FNJ. “We call upon our more than 8,000 members throughout the country to help spread the word and hope that the awards further inspire media to cover HIV/AIDS issues whether it be via print, television, radio or online. FNJ will try to continue such a wonderful initiative such as NAMA year after year and I am confident the quality of entries will be much better.”
The theme of the NAMA 2011 is same as of the 2010 NAMA and mirrors that of World AIDS Day 2010: Universal Access and Human Rights. “What this means is using a human rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS,” explained Dr. Maria Elena Filio-Borromeo, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Nepal. She further stressed “Media role is very crucial to achieve the bold targets set through the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS by the UN General Assembly on 10 June 2011 in intensifying efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS and to achieve the UNAIDS vision of ‘Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths.’
Media practitioners are invited to submit their entries (articles and reports) that have been published or broadcasted within the period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. All entries should reach the NAMA Secretariat at the FNJ by November 6, 2011. The top place in each of the four categories – print, television, radio and online entries – carries a cash prize of Rs. 66,667/- (including taxes) and an award certificate.
For complete rules and regulations as well as a downloadable version of the entry form, to submit the entries, visit the FNJ website at www.fnjnepal.org
from September 30, 2011 onwards.
Details of the Nepal AIDS Media Awards (NAMA) Awards Ceremony during the World AIDS Day on December 1, 2011 will be shared closer to the date.
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