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DURING 2015, THE POST GROUP, TOGETHER WITH THE BANGKOK POST AND A NUMBER OF ITS STAFF WRITERS, WERE HONOURED AND RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THAI SOCIETY, AS FOLLOWS:
Ms. Sanitsuda Ekachai received two awards – from the Ministry of Social Development & Human Security for her outstanding work in exposing causes of social and development problems, in addressing prejudices against women ethnic minorities, as well as in promoting empathy that cuts across gender, cultural and racial boundaries; and from the Sathira Dhammastan Centre for her longstanding journalistic work that has contributed to the betterment of society. Both are lifetimeachievement awards that take into account the award recipient’s longestablished record of contribution to social causes.
The Bangkok Post won one of the most prestigious international awards for its extensive coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Asia Tsunami tragedy; whereby its Sunday Spectrum supplement was awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in newspaper feature articles for “Ten Years, Ten People” at the WAN-INFRA Asian Media Awards 2015. This category was one of the most eagerly contested with over 60 nominations from across Asia. The “Ten Years, Ten People” feature article was published in stark black and white media, telling the story of the 2004 tsunami tragedy, through key involved individuals, and the subsequent tragic impact it had on their lives over the subsequent decade.
The Bangkok Post staff journalist, Ms. Karnjana Karnjanatawe, received an award for the ‘Online Story of the Year at the Women’s Empowerment (WE) Journalism Awards Thailand 2015. Her winning article, “The River of Dreams”, published in March 2015, told the story of the 24-year long struggle of Sompong Wiengjun, who later also became a protest leader against the Pak Moon Dam project in Ubon Ratchathani. This article was part of an ongoing project on female conservationists published in the “Life’ Section.
Bangkok Post and Post Today won five awards from the Prestigious Mass Media Photographers Association of Thailand. Bangkok Post won a first- runner up in economics news photography for a picture titled “Snail Spa“ and two honourable mentions for pictures, “Five Hundred Thousand Million” and “ Celebration”. Post Today won the Best Picture of the Year in the category of general and political news for a picture titled “Renovation of the Temple of Dawn”, and the Second-placed Complimentary Award for economic news for a picture, “Helping Mom to Collect Cabbages”.