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Episode of Alhurra’s “Almajalla” wins at AIBs

Alhurra’s weekly feature program Almajalla was named the Best Arts and Culture program at the annual AIB Awards ceremony. The award-winning episode featured a profile of Syrian artist Mohamed Hafez, who told his story of creating art that represents his feeling towards his home country.
Almajalla beat out 4 other nominees shortlisted in the category from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), CNN Worldwide, Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW), and Russia’s RT.
Sponsored by the Association for International Broadcasting, the AIBs are an international award for factual video, audio and interactive productions. 2017 marks the 13th year of these independent, influential and respected awards. The ceremony was held in London on November 1.

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“The Horses Shot Along With Me” by Radio Farda journalist shortlisted at AIBs

RFE/RL’s Iranian Service, Radio Farda, journalist Azadeh Asadi produced the 25-minute radio program “The Horses Shot Along With Me” which is one of five entries shortlisted in the category “Audio: Human Interest” by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) for the AIBs 2017.
The documentary tells a powerful story about the people who scratch out a living by smuggling goods through the mountains along the frontier between Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan. In addition to treacherous mountain paths and minefields, they must deal with the dangers posed by Iranian border guards who seem to derive pleasure from torturing and killing the smugglers’ beloved horses and pack animals.
2017 marks the 13th year of these independent, influential and respected awards. The AIBs 2017 gala will take place in London on Wednesday 1 November 2017, hosted by Matthew Amroliwala, host of Global on BBC World News.
“The Horses Shot Along With Me” was also a Finalist in the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards held in June. The annual competition honors excellence in radio programming from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

RFA Uyghur investigative project wins “Best of the Web” award

RFA’s series, “Between Identity and Integration — The Uyghur diaspora in the West,” spanned a year and involved investigative reporting in four different European countries, traces the path of Uyghur émigrés over the decades from western China into Europe.

Mykola Semena awarded Ukraine anniversary medal

On the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, RFE/RL Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities) contributor Mykola Semena was awarded the commemorative Jubilee Anniversary Medal by President Petro Poroshenko.

Alhurra’s “Al Youm” wins finalist certificate at New York Festivals

MBN’s flagship Alhurra Television program Al Youm received a Finalist Certificate in the Human Interest category, Documentary/Information programs, for the segment titled “Man Tries to Sell His Daughter.” The report tells the story of an Egyptian man who tried to sell his daughters because he didn’t have enough money to feed them.

MBN’s “Almajalla” a finalist cultural issues program at New York Festivals

Alhurra Television’s magazine program Almajalla received a Finalist Certificate in the Cultural Issues category, Documentary/Information programs, for the segment titled “Art and the Syrian Revolution.” The segment is an in-depth report on Syrian artists who express their feelings about the war and the Syrian refugee crisis through their art.