12 Somali journalists receive media awards

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Addis Ababa, 19 February 2014 (WIC) - Twelve Somali journalists were recognised with media awards in ceremonies held in Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Garowe on Monday (February 17th).

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in collaboration with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, presented awards to four journalists from southern and central Somalia in a ceremony held at Makkah al-Mukarama Hotel.

Four journalists in the Puntland federal state and four others in the Somaliland region were also recognised for exemplary work in four categories -- access to basic services, children and youth, gender and investigative journalism.

"The quality of the winning entries and the professional style of presentation employed by the winners in the four categories is a testimony to the dedication and rising professionalism amongst the Somali media talent," said UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini.

"Somali journalists have over the past years shown a remarkable dedication to highlighting the humanitarian and development issues in the country," he said. "The UN is committed in building a strong, vibrant and responsible media for the benefit of all Somali people." (AMISOM MO. - sabahionline)