Media Awards nominees raise awareness about child sexual exploitation

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Beyond Borders announced the journalist
nominees today for its 6th annual media awards. The winners will be announced
at dual ceremonies in Winnipeg and Quebec City on November 20.
    "We are very pleased with the range and caliber of the nominees this
year--16 in total," states Deborah Zanke, Chair of the awards.
    Topics of the nominated pieces range from cultural issues, online sexual
exploitation, progress on combating abuse, the sexualization of children in
popular culture, polygamy, and sexual abuse of children by UN Peacekeepers
    There are four categories of awards, English Print, English Electronic,
French Print, French Electronic. Three independent judges from different
provinces will choose one award winner from each category. Winners are
selected based on the quality of the work and the ability of the piece to
raise public awareness about the issue.
    Referring to the importance of honouring journalists with the awards,
Zanke states, "The very nature of sexual abuse and exploitation of children is
for it to be hidden and never discussed. The media's coverage of the issue is
vitally important in terms of letting those victimized know they are not
alone, putting pressure on individuals and governments to do something, and
giving hope that something can be done about these horrendous crimes against
    The nominees for the 2008 Beyond Borders Media Awards are as follows:

    Print Category (English)

    1.  Robert Matas: Series on Polygamy
        Published: Globe and Mail, beginning May 3, 2008
    2.  Daphne Bramham: "Time to do something about Bountiful"
        Published: Vancouver Sun, May 8, 2008
    3.  Mindelle Jacobs: "A cure for the lure of sex"
        Published: Edmonton Sun, July 2, 2008
    4.  Michael Friscolanti: "A national embarrassment"
        Published: Maclean's, January 14, 2008
    5.  Tu Thanh Hà: "School knew of abuse 20 years before acting, documents
        allege", "I don't want to live with the memory of this all my life"
        Published: Globe and Mail, August 7 & 23, 2008
    6.  Barbara Kay: "Forgetting the male victims of child abuse"
        Published: National Post, September 26, 2007
    7.  Lianne George, Monique Polak, Kate Lunau, Charlie Gillis, Colin
        Campbell: "Looks who's watching porn" and "Shouldn't we be fighting
        back?", Macleans Magazine, June 30, 2008.
    8.  Simona Siad, Surya Bhattacharya: "Beyond the Shame", Toronto Star,
        September 6, 2007.

    Electronic Category (English)

    1.  Erica Johnson: "Baby Rescue"
        Aired: CBC Radio (The Current), April 1, 2008
    2.  Julian Sher/Joe Media Group: "Hunting the Predators"
        Aired: CBC Newsworld (Doc Zone), November 15, 2007
    3.  Hana Gartner: "Teacher's Pet"
        Aired: CBC (The Fifth Estate), January 9, 2008
    4.  Melanie Wood: "School of Secrets"
        Aired: CBC Newsworld (The Lens), October 30, 2007

    Print Category (French)

    1.  Stéphane Alarie et Gabrielle Duchaine: Vos Enfants Traqués en Ligne
        Published: Le Journal de Montréal, 17 -21 septembre 2007

    Electronic Category (French)

    1.  Raymonde Provencher: "Le déshonneur des Casques bleus"
        Aired: Radio Canada/RDI et CBC, 28 novembre 2007
    2.  Sophie Bissonnette: Sexy Inc. Nos Enfants sous influence, National
        Film Board, 12 november 2007
    3.  Michel Jean: "Tourisme sexuel en Thailande", Groupe TVA, 24,25 et 26
        mars 2008.

    About Beyond Borders

    Beyond Borders is a non-political, non-religious volunteer organization
which advances the rights of children to be free from abuse and exploitation
without regard to race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It is the
Canadian affiliate of the international NGO ECPAT (End Child Prostitution,
Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes.)
    For more information about the awards and to learn more about Beyond
Borders visit

For further information:

For further information: Deborah Zanke, (204) 880-4509

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