ISLAMABAD(Parliament Times): A well-known writer, academician and independent media researcher Mubashar Naqvi bagged the Pakistan’s first and prestigious “Agahi Award of the year 2021” for his news feature produced on merit and governance challenges in the region.
According to details, the annual award ceremony was held at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) here on another day in which Mr. Naqvi was awarded for his story titled “Save Merit in AJK” under the governance category.
The 9th AGAHI Awards Celebrated the Excellence in Journalism for Media Ethics and professionalism. 70 journalists from across Pakistan reporting in print, television, radio, and online mediums received awards for journalist of the year in their respective fields.
Mr. Naqvi who is currently a PhD Scholar in media studies and founder for Speak for Kashmir social media campaign has extensively written on the governance issues in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and already received several national and international recognition for his creative feature stories.
Talking to newsmen, he dedicated his award to the talented and educated youth of the state striving for the restoration of merit and improvement in governance in the liberated territory.
It is worth mentioning here that more than 3,000 journalists submitted their work in more than 70 categories. The calls for submissions were open from August till November this year and a jury consisting of national and international experts evaluated the stories on pre-definite criteria. The criteria for evaluation have been developed by AGAHI in line with the Media Development Indicators of UNESCO and in collaboration with the Center for Internet and Media Ethics.
The AGAHI Awards in its ninth year are organized jointly by AGAHI and Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with journalists’ associations, academic institutions, think tanks and private sector organizations. The AGAHI Awards are the annual event in Pakistan to benchmark journalism excellence in Pakistan, recognizing courage and commitment showcasing outstanding contributions of journalists from across the country. Over the years, the winners have produced work, often in the face of political and economic pressures sustaining public trust in the media impacting the lives of people all over the country.