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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Media Awards to Focus on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

United Nations,29 February, (Asiantribune.com): The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) are calling for entries for the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) media awards, which was first launched in 2002.

The awards aim to highlight the impact of the media on increased public awareness of issues relating to water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

They are open to journalists from developing countries, who write or broadcast original investigative reports on WASH issues.

The second in a series, the awards also aim to reward those journalists whose work has a proven impact on improving WASH services in their country or locality. Deadline for entries is 15 May 2008.

The awards will also contribute to the International Year of Sanitation 2008 launched by the UN last year.

The award ceremony will take place at the Stockholm 'World Water Week', which is scheduled to take place August 17 to 23. The winners will be invited to attend as special guests of WSSCC and SIWI.

In 2002, an international jury of 6 journalists evaluated more than 100 written, radio and TV stories from more than 40 countries.

The award ceremony took place during the First Global WASH Forum in December 2004, in Dakar, Senegal.

The recipient of the first WASH Media Award was Nadia El Awady, an Egyptian science journalist and editor of "Islam Online".

Her story highlighted the various threats that the River Nile, once Egypt's 'vein of life, faces. The story was described by the jury's panel as an outstanding piece of journalistic work.

The runners up included five other journalists from Indonesia, The Philippines, Pakistan, Ivory Coast and Peru. A special 'youth reporter' award was won by a Nepalese journalist.

- Asian Tribune -

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