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Red Cross launches Humanitarian Reporting Award

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Dagupan City (15 September) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross welcomes nominations to the First Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting.

The ICRC, an independent and neutral organization that assists and protects victims of armed conflicts worldwide, opened the competition to recognize stories that best depict the consequences of armed conflict on civilians and at the same time, highlight the need to respect the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL).

The contest is open to all professional or freelance journalists for print/online, TV and radio whose news reports, features or documentaries were published or aired from August 13, 2010 - March 12, 2011.

Entries must highlight the humanitarian consequences of armed conflicts for affected population and/ or the importance of IHL with focus on displacement, food, water and sanitation, livelihood and other related effects on civilians; or on how respect for IHL is promoted. Plain reports of such incidents, blogs and stories not related to armed conflicts like political killing and human rights violations, are ineligible.

There is no limit as to the number or length of entries that may be sent by an individual or organization, as long as it satisfies the focus of the contest.

The reports may be in English or Filipino or any of the regional languages. Non-English entries, however, must be accompanied by translations or subtitles. Print/online entries must have a hard copy with link to website. For radio entries, the MP3 format must be used and MPEG for TV entries.

Interested journalists can fill up nomination forms downloadable at the ICRC website, printed copies of which are available at the Philippine Red Cross chapters, and send three copies of the entry to the following schools: Central Luzon State University for North and Central Luzon entries; St Scholastica?s College for NCR and southern Luzon; Cebu Technological University for Visayas, and; Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro for Mindanao entries. Deadline of submission is on March 12, 2011.

The ICRC - initiated contest is in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, International News Safety Institute, Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines, Philippine Association of Communication Educators and the Rotary Club of Manila. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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