PNG Post-Courier Staff Win UN Journalism Awards For Gender Reporting

Staff won 3 of 5 awards for increasing awareness of gender based violence and HIV/AIDS 

By Daisy Pakawa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, December 4, 2016) – Three of the five awards for excellence in reporting on gender, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS were awarded to Post-Courier reporters.

The annual joint UN Women and UN AIDS Joint Awards was held last Thursday night on the International World AIDS Day which also falls within the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women.

For the second year in a row, Post-Courier Editor-in- Chief Alexander Rheeney received the Excellence in Communication. The award acknowledges a journalist who helps vulnerable people achieve justice through media reports.

Mr Rheeney also received the Editorial Leadership in reporting on GBV and HIV/AIDS which recognises the contributions of media organisations in stimulating social discourse.

Post-Courier journalist Grace Auka Salmang received the excellence in reporting on gender based violence. An award that acknowledges contributions by journalists in highlighting the impacts of GBV on society and actions required to address the issue. The other recipient of the same award is Deborah Pranis from EMTV’s Olsem Wanem program.

Olsem Wanem’s Florence Jonduo took home the excellence in Reporting on HIV/AIDs Awards for reports of exceptional quality that contributed to the reduction of stigma and discrimination.

UN AIDS country director Stewart Watson said it was an opportune time to remember those affected, including the 800 people in PNG who die annually from HIV/AIDS and related illness, and reaffirm the commitment to continue the fight with the help of partners such as the media.

"GBV and HIV are inextricably linked. The media plays a significant role in challenging the stereo types that tolerate, allow, excuse, and in some cases encourage violence against vulnerable groups.

The greater we increase the public’s awareness on these issues, the more we hope to see a reduction in the levels of these twin epidemics of HIV and violence. The awards ask the media to tell the bigger picture."

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