The sixth National Press Awards ceremony, organised by the Myanmar Journalism Association (MJA), was held at Sky Star Hotel in Tamway Township, Yangon.
At the ceremony, MJA Vice Chairman U Myat Khaing delivered a message of greeting, following which, messages sent by Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Myanmar Press Council (MPC) Chairman Pho Thaukkyar (Khit Moe), Myanmar Journalist Network, Myanmar Journalist Union, Burma News International and Myanmar Writers Association were read by officials.
Next, MPC Vice Chairman U Ohn Kyaing delivered a speech of appreciation, while the message sent by National Press Awards Organisation Committee Chairman U Win Nyein on the aim of presenting the awards was read by MJA Chief of Information U Tha Zaw.
Later, the awards were handed out. The best feature award was obtained jointly by “Fishery workers enslaved near Pyapon”, written by Ma Khin Myat Myat Wei in The Voice Journal, and “The Worse Habitat”, written by Min Zaw Min in Kanbawza Time.
The best editorial award went to the editorial “Getting access to information is a human right”, that appeared in Thanlwin Thwaychin journal. The best cartoon award went to Ngwe Kyae’s cartoon in the Standard Times, the best news photo award went to a photograph of flooding at Tamway junction in Yangon that appeared in the Daily Eleven newspaper, while the best TV news story award went to “Conflict in jade land” by DVB news.
The sixth National Press Awards were presented on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May. No winners were announced for the best news story award and the hero of journalism award. The winners of the sixth National Press Awards were selected from among 17 news stories, 42 features, 29 news photos, 121 news cartoons and 13 editorials by a panel of independent experts.
At the end of the ceremony, wellwishers made donations to MJA and documents of honour were presented to them in return.
By Ye Win