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May 31, 2006

News and Cultural Media to be honored
at The 2nd Persian Golden Lioness Awards
in Budapest Hungary
Press relrease from The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media, WAALM

All Men are members of the same body,
Created from one essence.
If fate brings suffering to one member,
The others cannot stay at rest.
You who remain indifferent
To the burden of pain of others,
Do not deserve to be called human.
-Sa’adi of Shiraz poem decorating the entrance of the United Nations Organization

With a deeply rooted culture and civilization that spans over more than two millenniums, Persians as a community both inside and outside their motherland have greatly contributed to the Arts and intellectual emancipation of their contemporaries. Paradoxically the turmoil's of history and exile have also enriched an introspection on ourselves as a community and on our responsibility as Artists, Writers or Intellectuals as well as citizens of our country of adoption to play a part in a dialogue of civilizations so necessary in our tormented World.

It is to respond to the growing desire of not only recognition but also encouragement of Persian Artists, Writers and people of culture Worldwide as well as that of their colleagues in their new country of adoption that The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM took an unprecedented initiative to support, develop, and promote the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public.

Thus it has created the Golden Persian Lioness Awards which is in its second year of existence has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets and thinkers through the ages.

The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM  is proud to announce that it will pay tribute to the following journalists and News Broadcasters whose work has contributed to a better understanding and communication of our culture and community on an international basis :

BBC - Persian Website (Represented by: Mr. Amir Namdar, Editor in Chief ): An Award of Excellence in Media (Best News Website)

VOA - Round Table with You (Represented by: Mr. Ahmad Reza Baharloo, Presenter and Producer) : An Award of Excellence inMedia (Best Interactive and Informative News TV Programme) Voice of America – VOA TV – Round Table with You.

PersianMirror (Represented by: Ms. Shabnam Rezaei (Editor in Chief) :An Award of Excellence inMedia (Best Electronic Magazine)  PersianMirror

And and all its contributors (Represented by: Mr. Jahanshah Javid, Publisher): An Honorary Award in Media for Freedom of Expression

The Hosts : Prof. M. Dorbayani, PhD and Dr. Marjan Abdi, PhD
the Founders of The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM
And Directors of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI

The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards will be held in Budapest in October of 2006. Hungary and its beautiful, cultural and historical capital Budapest is not only the host city for the Awards but also one of the Award winning nations being honored and participating in all categories of our academy. WAALM will give full accommodation to the Awardees for their three-day stay visit that will include a tour of the city's highlights and will culminate by the Awards Ceremony. The latter will be covered by our academy's Media Partner KTV a major broadcasting Hungarian company that will showcase the event to more than 300 000 Viewers.

The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media- WAALM is an extension and awarding body of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI .

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