(Springfield, Va.) — As security forces confronted supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Radio Sawa covered the deadly clashes which occurred in Egypt and led to the ousting of President Morsi on July 3, 2013. Radio Sawa’s coverage of the clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents in Egypt’s public squares won the Gold Award in the category of Best Coverage of a Breaking News Story in the 2014 New York Festivals Radio Program Awards recognizing the World’s Best Radio Programs.
Radio Sawa’s comprehensive breaking news coverage of Egyptian Army supporters celebrating and Morsi supporters protesting his removal, brought to life the scenes from the streets and also reported statements from Egyptian Army General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, reaction from the U.S. government, and discussion with Arab academics, representing multiple viewpoints on the developments.
“This recognition of Radio Sawa’s coverage of the unfolding and historic events in Egypt is an another proof of the excellence and high quality journalism Radio Sawa is dedicated to providing to its millions of listeners in the Middle East and North Africa,” stated Brian Conniff, President of MBN. MBN manages and operates Radio Sawa. “Radio Sawa’s journalists will passionately continue to provide breaking news through reports that provide insight into the important developments in the region.”
The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards recognize “The World’s Best Work” in radio broadcasting. Now entering its 55th year, the NYF celebrates broadcasting accomplishments in over 30 different countries making the NYF International Radio Program Awards one of the most well-known and widely respected competitions on the globe.
Recent surveys by international research companies such as AC Nielsen show that Radio Sawa has an unsurpassed weekly listening audience of an estimated 11.4 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 under its leadership.