Springfield, Va. — Radio Sawa’s coverage of the Egyptian Revolution and the unfolding events in Libya won three awards in the 2012 New York Festivals Radio Program & Promotion Awards® recognizing the World’s Best Radio Programs and Promotions.™ Radio Sawa earned these awards for its insightful reports from Tahrir Square on the thousands of people who took to the streets to call for change and from the front lines in the city of Misratah where rebel forces fought pro-Gaddafi troops. Both reports were done by Radio Sawa broadcaster Mohamed Moawad.
Radio Sawa’s reports covering the Egyptian Revolution won the Gold Radio Award under the category of the Best Coverage of an Ongoing News Story and the Bronze Radio Award under the category of Special Report. From the heart of Tahrir Square, Radio Sawa told of the thousands of people who took to the streets to call for change and the physical toll of these days on the protesters taken to the hospital for care.
Radio Sawa’s report from Misratah won the Silver Radio Award in the category of the Best Coverage of an Ongoing News Story. The report covered the violence in Misratah, the city which was the battleground for clashes between rebel forces and pro-Gaddafi troops. The report highlighted the courage and resilience of the city’s inhabitants who continued their fight for democracy in the face of death and destruction.
“Radio Sawa is a highly regarded source of news in the region and this recognition is another example of the success Radio Sawa has achieved in providing listeners with insightful and ground breaking reports on the major events in the Middle East and North Africa,” stated Brian Conniff, President of MBN. “Radio Sawa will continue creatively reflecting on political, social and cultural developments in recent Arab history.”
The New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotions Awards recognize “The World’s Best Work” in radio broadcasting. Now entering its 55th year, the NYF® represents over 30 different countries making the NYF® Radio Program and Promotion Awards one of the most well known and widely respected competitions on the globe.
Recent surveys by international research companies such as ACNielsen show that Radio Sawa has an unduplicated weekly reach of an estimated 14 million adults. Radio Sawa is operated by the non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency. The BBG provides oversight and serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.
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