Journalists awarded

Five individuals were recognised by the United Nations agencies for their role in the campaign against gender-based violence and HIV and AIDS.

Among them were four female journalists who were awarded for their coverage of the sensitive issues.

Every year, UN Women and UNAIDS organise the Media Awards for Excellence in Reporting on HIV and Gender-Based Violence.

This is to recognise the high standard of balanced sensitive reporting by local media personnel on GBV and HIV issues in Papua New Guinea.

Under this year’s theme of ‘Hear My Voice! My Story!’, four female journalists and a Yumi Sanap Strong representative were awarded on November 5th.

Benorah Carrie from Wantok Niuspepa was recognised under the ‘Excellence in Reporting on Gender Based Violence’ category.

From Post-Courier was Grace Auka Salmang for her coverage of HIV and AIDS in the country.

Umba Peter, from Yumi Sanap Strong, took out the ‘Excellence in Social Media Reporting’ while PNG TV’s Florida Gulaseni was awarded under the ‘Excellence in Photojournalism’ category.

Last but not least, Loop PNG Editor Carmella Gware was recognised under the ‘Editorial leadership’ category.

The UN Women and UNAIDS said for this year, these individuals have demonstrated excellence in reporting on HIV and GBV issues, and have contributed, through their respective roles, to increase public awareness and positive action on these epidemics.

(From left: PNG TV’s Florida Gulaseni, Benorah Carrie from Wantok Niuspepa, Umba Peter from Yumi Sanap Strong, Loop PNG editor Carmella Gware and Post-Courier’s Grace Auka Salmang)

Salome Vincent