For a tenth year in a row, on May 3 – World Press Freedom Day – Tashkent hosts ‘Oltin Qalam’ (Golden Pen) International Journalism Awards Ceremony. This year, in what has become a tradition, the UN Office in Uzbekistan presented prizes to journalists.
According to Deputy Chair of Uzbekistan’s Creative Union of Journalists, Mr. Uktam Mirzayorov, 222 journalists have emerged as winners of the competition since it was created ten years ago and 70 have been awarded by international partner organizations. This year’s competition drew 8,500 entries from 510 journalists.
The ceremony kicked off with a presentation of special prizes from the UN. The UNESCO prize, presented by the organization’s representative Krista Pikkat, for the best piece covering women’s role in contributing to sustainable development in the Aral Sea region went to Ms. Roza Hamidova, who also received an invitation to an international conference on the issue. The UN Information Office presented a prize for ‘Best Online Coverage of Youth Issues’ to Mastura Hamroyeva.
The winner of this year’s Oltin Qalam Grand Prix is the creative team of the Tashkent TV and Radio Channel. The ceremony doled out twelve main awards (three in each category) for best journalistic pieces in areas such as online, television, radio and print journalism as well as special prizes from international and public organizations.