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Asiavision 2020 Monthly Award

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Asiavision Monthly Award for July 2020

Winner: RTM, MALAYSIA

FORMER PM NAJIB RAZAK’S CONVICTION AND SENTENCING

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The Asiavision Monthly Award for July, 2020, goes to RTM, Malaysia for its coverage of the conviction of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The High Court found Najib guilty of all seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering related to the misappropriation of RM42 million of SRC International funds, linked to the 1MDB financial scandal. Najib was sentenced to 72 years in jail and fined RM210 million. Soon after the verdict, RTM filed on Najib’s conviction and followed up with details of his sentencing. More stories on Najib’s appeal and bail conditions followed the next day.

Asiavision Monthly Award for June 2020

Winner: SLRC, SRI LANKA

FEATURE ON INDIGENOUS VADDAH TRIBE ENDING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

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The Asiavision Monthly Award for June 2020, goes to SLRC for its news feature on Sri Lanka’s indigenous Vaddah tribe ending their lockdown as the coronavirus threat recedes. The same day story, with good visuals and natsot, showed the tribe lifting self-isolation on their jungle villages and reopening their settlements to local and foreign tourists. SLRC’s quality script connected this fascinating local story to the wider COVID-19 emergency.

Asiavision Monthly Award for May 2020

Winner: IRIB, IRAN

IRIB’S INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE OF BREAKING NEWS

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The Asiavision Monthly Award for May 2020, goes to IRIB for its coverage of two devastating events that happened outside of Iran. One was an insurgent attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 12 that killed 24 people, including new-born babies and mothers. The other was IRIB’s coverage of the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) _ight that came down in a residential area near Karachi Airport on May 22, killing 97 of the 99 people on board.

Asiavision Monthly Award for April 2020

Winner: KBS, KOREA

COVID_19 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COVERAGE

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The Asiavision Monthly Award for April 2020, goes to KBS, Korea for two science and technology stories that stood out among the COVID-19 pandemic coverage. Korean researchers have developed technology to help hearing-impaired people recognise sound using touch, rather than hearing, and also have produced transparent PPE masks to help communication for people with hearing disabilities.

Asiavision Monthly Award for March 2020

Winner: NHK, JAPAN

TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED TO 2021 AMID COVID_19 PANDEMIC

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The Asiavision Monthly Award for March 2020, goes to NHK (Japan) for the timely coverage when Olympic chiefs bowed to pressure and postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 to ‘protect lives’, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After weeks of intense speculation, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed to the move on March 24. NHK was quick to make available for Asiavision visuals of Abe announcing the decision.

Asiavision Monthly Award for February 2020

Winner: RTM, MALAYSIA

RESIGNATION OF THE PRIME MINISTER

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RTM jointly wins the award for the quick coverage of the resignation of the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed and his subsequent appointment as interim Prime Minister by the Malaysian King as it made headlines around the world in late February. RTM rose to the occasion with its timely coverage by making extensive visuals available quickly for use by Asiavision members and partners.

Asiavision Monthly Award for February 2020

Winner: MCOT, THAILAND

MASS SHOOTING AT NAKHON RATCHASIMA

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MCOT jointly wins the award for its quick response in uploading material on the mass shooting incident in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province and followed up with timely updates, including the vigil and memorial for the victims. At least 27 people, including the gunman – a sergeant major in the Thai army -were killed in the 18-hour shooting rampage that began in the evening of February 8

Asiavision Monthly Award for January 2020

Winner: IRIB, IRAN

ASSASINATION OF GENERAL SOLEIMANI

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The New Year greeted Iran with the shocking news of a US attack assassinating the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani. IRIB was fast to respond with almost immediate footage of the attack, the subsequent events including reactions, mourning marches across the country, funeral processions and rituals. IRIB also provided extensive same-day coverage of the Iranian attack on the US base in Iraq, along with the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 and the resulting developments. For this reason, AVN jointly awards Iran’s IRIB with the AVN Monthly Award for January.