Manpreet Singh’s Enemy within wins NSW media award

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Three SBS Radio journalists have scooped the prize pool at the 2014 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards, held in Sydney recently.

SBS Radio Punjabi Executive Producer Manpreet Kaur Singh and SBS World News Australia Radio journalist Sacha Payne were honoured in both the Best Feature and Best Radio Report categories for their multi-award winning feature ‘The Enemy Within’.

The Walkley Award nominated report takes a confronting look at domestic violence within Australia’s Indian community and received a 2013 United Nations Association of Australia Media Award for Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Women’s Rights and Issues.

Additionally, SBS Radio Spanish producer Florencia Melgar won in the Best Investigative Story of the Year category for her ground breaking feature ‘The Other 9/11’, that examines the involvement of Australian spies in the 1973 Chilean Coup.

Ms Melgar’s investigation led to the Chilean government recently seeking the extradition from Australia of one interviewee, to answer charges relating to the Coup and its aftermath.

Mandi Wicks, SBS Director of Audio and Language Content said, “It’s great to see our journalists recognised for the contribution they make to the community, by providing balanced and impartial news as well as reporting on issues that, in many cases, only they are able to tell.

“It’s also wonderful to see so many multicultural media providers celebrated for informing and entertaining those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, and for the important contribution they make to the Australian media landscape”.

Also nominated at this year’s awards were SBS journalist Ryan Emery for his ‘A Foster Mum from Burundi’, and SBS The Feed’s Andy Park for his feature on interracial marriage and identity, ‘Chindian Diaries’.

The Awards, hosted by the Hon. Victor Dominello, MP Minister of Citizenship and Communities, are an initiative of Multicultural March and aim to recognise the valuable contribution that NSW’s multicultural media outlets make to the creation of a strong and diverse media environment.

Published in The Indian Sun (Indian magazine in Australia)

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