01.12.2003 -

HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence in Journalism in Eastern and Southern Africa

Three journalists from Kenya and Uganda were given this year's HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award recognizes media professionals for giving an exceptional contribution to society by writing, reporting and producing programmes on HIV and AIDS in a manner that raises awareness, combats stigma and gives hope and solidarity for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The winners of the awards consisting of US 1500 dollars and a certificate are: Clay Muganda, Kenya (Nation Media group), in the print/on-line category; Gloria Katusiime, Uganda (WBS Television), in the Television category; and Ndu Okoh, Kenya (Family Media), in the radio category.


Three commendations were awarded to runners-up in each category as follows: Gregory Kalebonye, Botswana (Mmegi-Botswana) print/online, Anne Neindiwe Iddrisu, Tanzania (Channel 10) television and Anne Waithera, Kenya (Citizen Radio) radio.


The award was given to the winners on 27 November 2003 in Nairobi, Kenya, during a ceremony organized by UNESCO in partnership with UNAIDS, UNIC, UNEP and the Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network (KELIN) in the presence of Kenya' First Lady Lucy Kibaki, Klaus Töpfer, Under Secretary of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP, Raphael Tuju, Kenya's Minister for Tourism and Information as well as important personalities of the international cooperation institutions and of media industry in the region.


The activity is part of an overall strategy devised by UNESCO in Eastern Africa to raise awareness and fight against the stigma and discrimination of people living with AIDS. This strategy also includes the setting up of a network of media and journalists specialised in the subject; the production of programmes and materials; the introduction of new training curricula for media professionals and the production of high quality written and audiovisual materials for the general public.


Eastern and Southern Africa have the highest incidence of spread and prevalence of HIV, as such, the partner United Nations and specialised NGOs participating in this event aim at promoting media participation in raising awareness on the human, social and economic tragedy which HIV and AIDS have inflicted on the region.


The HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence is organized by the Media and HIV AIDS Kelin Network, as part of the "Eastern and Southern Africa Media Strategy against HIV/AIDS". It is open to journalists from 19 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa namely: Burundi, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Namibia, Somalia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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