'Lab Azad' Excellence in Journalism Award 2017
The CEJ collaborated with the Center for Communication Programs Pakistan (CCPP) in partnership with Palladium Pakistan to hold the second 'Lab Azad' Excellence in Journalism Award 2017 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Twelve journalists received the awards in rights-based reporting.
The panel of judges included Hafiz Tariq Mehmood, Director News NewsOne TV; Rahimullah Yusufzai, Resident Editor The News Peshawar, Afiya Zia scholar and contributor to Dawn; and Farah Zia, Editor The News on Sunday.
The winners in each of the four categories are as follows:
Mainstream broadcast (TV/Radio)
Health rights with focus on access to services: Amina Shaheen, Geo TV
Population growth and realization of human rights: Shayan Saleem, Samaa TV
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning: Shumaila Jaffery, BBC
Mainstream print/online- English
Health rights with focus on access to services: Yousaf Ajab Baloch, Balochistan Point
Population growth and realisation of human rights: Bilal Karim Mughal & Saher Baloch, Dawn.Com (Saher Baloch now works for BBC)
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning: Atika Rehman, Fahad Naveed & Munnazzah Raza, Dawn.Com
Mainstream print/online - Urdu
Health rights with focus on access to services: Muhammad Atif Sheikh, Freelance
Population growth and realisation of human rights: Syed Sajjad Kazmi, Daily Dunya
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning: Fariha Fatima, ARY News
Health rights with focus on access to services: Nisar Ahmad Khan, Dawn News
Population growth and realisation of human rights: Islam Gul Afridi, Daily Akhbar E Khyber
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning: Amjad Ali, Daily Islah
Speaking on the occasion, CEJ director Kamal Siddiqi said, "I am happy that we continue this partnership with CCPP and Palladium Pakistan as it helps recognize rights based reporting."
On awarding journalists for rights-based reporting, Rahimullah Yusufzai said these awards will encourage journalists to write on socio-economic issues that have a direct impact on people's lives.
Chief guest Javed Jabbar said the CEJ-CCPP Awards will help inspire journalists to new heights. He added that the CEJ maintains a commitment to qualitative human resource development in journalism.
Excited to have won an award, Shumaila Jaffery said she is deeply humbled and honored to receive this award. "I am sure that these awards will motivate journalists to focus more on human rights, health issues and women development. These topics are under reported and considered less important."
Yousaf Ajab Baloch, who won an award in the category of mainstream print/online said: "It is a success for all journalists in Baluchistan, who have been striving to ensure truth and accuracy and become a voice of the voiceless through digital journalism."
Sharing the idea behind having awards for a specific category, CCPP director Atif Ikram said through this award, their aim is to promote and recognize beat reporting, especially on the so-called softer subjects in Pakistan. It is absolutely heartening to see that just in its second year, the award has added two additional categories for beat reporting. "We want this award to be independent, impartial and owned by the journalist community at large."
One of the award categories of women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning was sponsored by Sukh Initiative.
Other dignitaries who were present on the occasion included Arshad Saeed Husain, CEO Aman Health Care Services; Dr. Fayaz Ahmed, Team leader EVA-BHN (Palladium Pakistan); and Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean and Director IBA; Azhar Abbas MD Geo News.
Humanitarian Reporting Award 2017
The CEJ and the International Committee of the Red Cross held the inaugural Humanitarian Reporting Award 2017 on December 15, 2017.
The awards focused on humanitarian journalism produced in three categories: Mainstream Broadcast (Urdu); Mainstream Print & Online (Urdu); Mainstream Print & Online (English). News stories written or produced between November 1, 2016 and November 9, 2017. Hundreds of entries from across Pakistan were submitted.
The panel of judges included Aamer Ahmed Khan, News Director Aaj Television; Munazza Siddiqui, Executive Producer at Geo News and Iftikhar Firdous, Bureau Head of The Express Tribune Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The winner and runner-up in each of the three categories are as follows:
Mainstream Broadcast (Urdu)
Winner: Khawar Khan, Geo News
Runner up: Umar Farooq, Voice of America Urdu
Mainstream Print & Online (Urdu)
Winner: Islam Gul Afridi, Akhbar e Khyber
Runner up: Fariha Fatima, ARY News
Mainstream Print & Online (English)
Winner: Shazia Hassan, Dawn Media group
Runner up: Ghulam Dastageer, Herald Magazine