Japan broadcaster bags Unicef award

07 Nov 2006

Japan's Kansai Telecasting Corp. won the ABU CASBAA Unicef Child Rights Award 2006 for its documentary titled "Conquering the Darkness - The Fight Against Memories of Abuse."

During the awards ceremony, documentary producer Shinichi Sugimoto was praised for the film's powerful, engaging and sensitive treatment of an issue often hidden from the public eye.

The documentary follows Aya, a 33-year-old mother, who suffered abuse as a child and subsequently abused her own children. It is the tale of a parent's personal struggle to end the cycle of child abuse in the family.

The finalists include Radio Television Malaysia's "Dark Street Kids" from Malaysia; Production Purume's "Korean Children - I Am All Alone" from Korea; Television Broadcasts' "Tuesday Report: Pocket Money" from Hong Kong; Bhutan Broadcasting Service's "Young People on Wheels" from Bhutan; MediaCorp News' "The Orphans, Childless and Predators" and "Get Real Child Sex Tourism - Sold for Sex" from Singapore; Boishakhi Media's "We Shall Overcome" from Bangladesh; and GMA Networks' "Junior Boxer" and Asian Council for People's Culture and Schools of Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions' "School of the Highlands" from the Philippines.

The Child Rights Award, established in 2001, is given each year in recognition of the best television programming on a child rights issue produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters in pursuing both the production of top quality children's programs and better news coverage of children's issues.

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