DVB Claims Media Award for Laukkai Coverage

By The Irrawaddy 28 April 2015

RANGOON — A formerly exiled Burmese media organization was awarded this year’s national news prize for broadcasting by the Myanmar Journalists Association (MJA), which has organized the media awards since 2012.

Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) won the national news award for broadcasting for its coverage of conflict in Laukkai, the capital of the Kokang Special Region in northern Shan State, according to Toe Zaw Latt, DVB’s Burma bureau chief.

Other award recipients this year included Soe Zeya Tun, a Reuters photographer who took out the News Photography category; freelance cartoonist Ko Shwe Htoo (Pyi) for best editorial cartoon; and veteran journalist Pho Thauk Kyar who claimed the News Hero Award, for commitment to journalism.

“We were informed by the association’s vice president that we won the award,” Toe Zaw Latt told The Irrawaddy. “I have no idea about their criteria on choosing awardees but that kind of award is something that acknowledges people who work with difficulties.”

DVB became the first TV channel to air the attack by unknown gunman on a Red Cross convoy in Laukkai in February.