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UNAIDS and UNWomen Media Awards Night 2018: ‘Hear My Voice, My Story’

By Elizabeth Guka, EMTV Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby

United Nations Women and United Nations AIDS held its Media Awards Ceremony yesterday (05 December, 2018) in Port Moresby.

The awards were presented to journalists on reporting sensitive issues related to HIV and Gender-based Violence in Papua New Guinea.

With the theme ‘Hear My Voice, My Story’ the media awards were presented to the journalists based on their excellence on reporting such sensitive issues as gender-based and HIV.

UN Resident Coordinator,  Gianluca Rampolla, emphasised on the importance of the media especially the role the media plays in addressing such issues.

People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) Representative, Parker Hou, also urged the media to address such issues by working closely with people affected by these sensitive issues.

“I would like to encourage the media to strive for excellence on reporting on gender-based violence and HIV, and to work closely with us to reduce all forms of violence and help reduce the impact of HIV in our communities.”says Hou.

The awards were presented to the following journalists in five different categories:

  • Benorah Hesehing (Wantok Niuspepa) – Excellence in Reporting on Gender-based Violence
  • Grace Auka Salmang (Post Courier) – Excellence in Reporting on HIV & AIDS
  • Umba Peter (Yumi Sanap Strong) – Excellence in Social Media Reporting
  • Florida Gulaseni (PNG TV) – Excellence in Photo-Journalism
  • Carmella Gware (LoopPNG) – Editorial Leadership Award



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