Springfield, Va. — The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) won two gold and three bronze medals at the New York Festivals TV and Film awards, it was announced at a ceremony on April 18th. The New York Festivals is an international media competition with global entries representing more than 35 countries.
Alhurra’s augmented reality production highlighting the evolution of cars throughout history and the move to electric vehicles won gold for Best Visual Effects. Alhurra Television’s promo commemorating Sawa Radio’s 20th anniversary won gold in the Best Station/Image Promotion.
MBN was also awarded three bronze medals during the ceremony. An Alhurra Investigates two-part episode on the ongoing Yezidi tragedy nearly 10 years after ISIS swept through Iraq was recognized for Best Human Concerns Documentary. Irfasaawtak.com’s (Raise Your Voice) profile of Adiba Barney, a female refugee diagnosed with terminal cancer, won bronze for Best Heroes News Feature. Now, 15 years later, Adiba shares how she has overcome those obstacles and is now a mother and a cancer advocate. The third bronze medal was won in the category of Best Promotional Presentation for MBN’s recap of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections.
“It is an honor for MBN to be recognized by international competitions such as the New York Festivals. It is an incredible testament to the talented work of MBN’s journalists and creative services teams,” stated MBN Acting President Hassan Shwiki. “We look forward to continuing to produce award-winning content that addresses issues not regularly covered in the indigenous media accurately and without bias.”
The following MBN programs and reports were finalists at the New York Festivals TV and Film awards:
- Alhurra Investigates–China’s Loans—Best Investigative Journalism Documentary
- Alhurra Investigates—Female Genital Mutilation—Best Human Rights Documentary
- Alhurra Investigates—Trafficking of Iraqi Children —Best Investigative Journalism Documentary
- All Female Islamic Chants Breaks Taboo in Baghdad—Best Heroes News Feature
- Dalia at the Crossfire— Best Heroes News Feature
- Melting Pot—African Americans—Best Community Profile Documentary
- Nasser—The First Openly Gay Qatari—Best Heroes News Feature
Additionally, MBN’s podcast “Chapters” was a finalist in the New York Festivals Radio competition for its profile of Maharajan music in Egypt. The profile of the new generation of musicians was a finalist in the Best Music Podcast category.
The New York Festivals Awards celebrates innovative storytelling from around the globe and honors content creators whose compelling programs reach international audiences. The competition’s 65-year legacy provides a showcase of exceptional work across all genres of entertainment media.
MBN is non-profit corporate media outlet financed by the U.S. government through a grant from U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent federal agency. The USAGM serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.
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Contact Deirdre Kline
Director of Communications, Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa