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RNW wins top honours at the New York Festivals

Published on : 18 June 2013 - 4:00am | By Themes Desk ((c) RNW)
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Radio Netherlands Worldwide has won four major prizes at the 2013 New York Festivals: International Radio Awards. It won a gold medal and a Grand Prize Award for an interview entitled “The Benghazi Blogger”. 

In 2011, blogger and journalist with the pseudonym 'Mohamed' posted a picture of Gaddafi’s troops coming into Benghazi on his Facebook page. Soon after, he was arrested, detained, tortured and sexually assaulted. After his release, he was diagnosed as HIV+.  Yet he was too ashamed to tell his family or friends. He kept silent even after his family arranged for him to get engaged. He’s now receiving medical treatment, thanks to one of the story producers at Radio Netherlands. Yet the blogger who risked everything to tell the truth to power is still living with his secret. “The Benghazi Blogger” won the Grand Award for being the top-ranked piece out of approximately 300 entries from 30 countries. 

RNW also won a silver medal for an interview called “The Oliver Twist of Kabul”. The piece then went on to win a special award, again a silver medal, in a competition adjudicated by the U.N. This second award is called the UNDPI (United Nations Department of Public Information). It features a thirteen-year old boy who sells maps on the streets of Kabul to support himself and his mother. His charming salesmanship inspired some clients to sponsor his education – his favourite book: Charles Dickens’s “Oliver Twist”.
Both interviews were originally produced for the RNW program, The State We’re In, which went out of production in November 2012. 

The Benghazi Blogger
The Oliver Twist of Kabul


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tedglen123 3 March 2014 - 1:03pm

WOW yay finally they won it. After lots of hard work extreme entertainments, news and prompt customer service, Radio Netherlands Worldwide has won four major prizes at the 2013 New York A hearty congrats to all who are part of it and applause to the jury who selectedthem and thanks for the post too.

edgar cardoso dos santos 26 August 2013 - 9:40pm / BRASIL

A Radio Nederland, há muito merece aplausos. Desde os tempos das "ondas curtas" quando fazia transmissões em Português para o Brasil, com uma equipe sensacional, programas atualizados que na época de 1975 fazia este jovem, então com 15 anos, viajar nas ondas do Radio e saber do que acontecia na Europa naquela época. Parabéns profissionais por mais este troféu. Um abraço de um Radio ouvinte dos tempos do QSL.

Ken 18 June 2013 - 5:37pm / USA

Well, at least the commentators here get it -- why is there no sense of irony in the story?
Let's see, we close down an award winning program, pull all your media outlets so what programming you have is lost in the maze of the internet, and think this means you're doing a good job?
Bring back radio, and maybe someone will be listening still. But don't wait too long....

Andi 18 June 2013 - 4:11pm / Canada

Why would RNW, discontinue this program? Business wise this makes no sense. It was one of RNW's most popular programs, it won many awards and it spread awareness of the RNW brand.

If something is popular and successful in business we don't discontinue, we help to make it grow.

This is bad management on behalf of RNW.

elias G 18 June 2013 - 1:49pm / Canada

Congrats to the achievements of the last of the old RNW,it is sad what happened to you,i miss your quality programs on shortwave

Anonymous 18 June 2013 - 1:20pm / US

I cannot understand why RNW would discontinue its best program, The State We're In. It reflects poor judgement.

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