Five local journalists among finalists: Asia Awards
LAHORE, Oct 20: There are five Pakistani journalists among the 25 selected from 13 developing countries in Asia, by a distinguished panel of judges, as finalists for the 2008 Developing Asia Journalism Awards and Workshop organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Institute, Tokyo, Japan.
The countries represented this year among the finalists are the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Thailand, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
To participate in the awards ceremony, scheduled for Nov 14, the finalists will reach Tokyo on Nov 10 and attend a four-day capacity building workshop prior to the event.
The event recognises excellence in journalistic reporting by those covering development trends and issues in the region. Prizes for 2008 will be awarded for reporting in four strategic areas of development — environment, governance, infrastructure and regional integration. In addition, there are two special prizes for Development Journalist of the Year and Young Development Journalist of the Year (for entrants under 30).
The names of the Pakistani journalists short-listed for the awards are Rina Saeed Khan (Environment), Shahzada Irfan Ahmad (Environment), Afshan Subohi Hyder (Governance), Massoud Ansari (Infrastructure) and Abdul Salam Dharejo (Infrastructure).