(MENAFN - Arab Times) Under auspices of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah, the ceremony of sixth Sheikh Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah Award for Journalistic Excellence was held at KUNA premises Sunday evening.
HH the Prime Minister was represented at the ceremony by First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in the presence of Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, and KUNA Board Chairman and Director General Sheikh Mubarak Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah. Addressing the ceremony, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij welcomed the audience and voiced joy for KUNA hosting of this highly prestigious journalistic award. "The Award, named after one of Kuwait's dedicated patriots - the late Sheikh Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, grew in eminence over the last six years thanks to the kind patrionage of HH the Prime Minister," he said. "It has become one of the main tributaries for strengthening the status of the Kuwaiti journalism and motivating talented journalists," Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij pointed out. He thanked the chairman and members of the higher organizing committee of the award as well as the chairman and members of KUNA's workers union for the great efforts they have made to set the stage for this event. "The award-giving ceremony coincides with a dear national occasion, that is the National Days which materializes the brightest portraits of our solidarity, and belongingness and dedication and to our homeland," he added. On his part, Faisal Mubarak Al Qenai, secretary of Kuwait Journalist Association (KJA), extolled HH the Prime Minister for his kind patronage of the competition, which reflected his care and appreciation for the role of the profession in serving the interests of the homeland. Al-Qenai congratulated the winners of this year's awards and expressed best wishes for all participants.
Meanwhile, Ayman Al-Ali, head of the organizing committee, congratulated HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the sixth anniversary of his assumption of power. "Since its inception, six years ago, the award has focused on contributing to the promotion of the journalistic profession through honoring eminent journalists," he said. "It's a source of pride for the Kuwaiti journalism that HH the Prime Minister, the patron of the competition, stated unequivocal opposition to any kind of restrictions on freedom of the press," Al-Ali noted. "HH the Prime Minister's trust in journalists encouraged the organizing committee to double efforts to promote the profession in collaboration with the State Ministry for Youth Affairs and the UN Development Program (UNDP), as well as local and foreign press organizations," he added. Al-Ali thanked KUNA chief Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaj for the unlimited support to the competition and its organizing committee