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‘Burka Avenger’ wins US award

Updated Apr 04, 2014 08:58am


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NEW YORK: Burka Avenger, a Pakistani animated series about female empowerment, was among the international programmes honoured on Wednesday at the annual Peabody Awards, the oldest and one of the top honours in broadcasting.

Other winners were Danish political drama “Borgen” and a Philippine television network’s coverage of November’s Typhoon Haiyan that killed more than 6,000 people.

The Peabody Awards recognise the best in television, radio, internet broadcasting, producing organisations and individuals. A record 46 awards were handed out this year.

The winners will be honoured at a ceremony in New York on May 19.

Netflix political thriller “House of Cards” and jail house comedy-drama “Orange Is the New Black”, along with a trio of HBO documentaries, headlined the American winners.

Public broadcaster PBS won 12 awards, including one for “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” about football’s long-term health risks and “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy”, which examined the Jewish roots of American musical theatre.

“House of Cards”, which was the first online-streaming show to win an Emmy award, was praised for Netflix’s unique approach of releasing all the season’s episodes at once.

“Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in prime time,” the Peabody panel said.

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”, about a bisexual woman reunited with her ex-lover in prison, was lauded for its “complex, riveting character study rich in insights about femininity, race, power, and the politics, inside and outside prison walls, of mass incarceration”.

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Sikander Sher Apr 05, 2014 02:00am

Brilliabt work .... A cartoon which glorifies the use of burqa in a coubtry wherr majority of the times its used to suppress women rights being termed as women empowerment ... This series didnt even recieve any positive feedback here in pakistan aswell cause of using the burqa as a main theme while the country which flaunts itself on women n human rights is giving them awards lol

wallis Apr 05, 2014 01:31pm


can you pls tell me where have you seen women who are forced to wear hijab or burka in Pakistan?

Have you been to colleges and Universities in Pakistan?

Have you been to cities in Pakistan?

Yes their are some rural areas in Pakistan where women are not allowed to go without covering because of their conservative culture and tradition.

Pakistan is much different from Saudia Arab and Iran, Pakistan is a moderate Islamic country.

In Iran, as soon as you step out of the plane and enter the airport ,the immigration or airport staff has cap and hijab in both hands, you can't even enter any city of Iran without wearing hijab.

Pakistan was the first Muslim women which had a women as Prime Minister, also their is a women in Pakistan who is holding a key position in judiciary (Supreme Court).

After 2006, several women in Pakistan have joined Pakistan military and Air force.

Their are women in Pakistan who are working as nurses and doctors in hospitals and also teaching in schools and colleges.

Faraz Apr 06, 2014 12:25pm

West don't miss a chance to humiliate and disgrace our islamic culture and tradations always by honoring and awarding such drams and plays in which our innocent and westernised mind people try to show that islamic culture is the biggest hurdle in the progress of women in islamic country.Like Saving face by sharmeen and Mukhtaran Mai case and so many.we need to awake.

Seedo Apr 07, 2014 03:50am

@Faraz: Can you please point out one Islamic country (besides Turkey) where treatment of women as second class citizens is not institutionalized and supported by the government? There is a direct correlation between societal pressure on women to cover themselves up and stay behind closed doors and the overall backwardness of societies, and you cannot deny this fact.

Amjad Wyne Apr 07, 2014 06:24pm

@Sikander Sher: Lol, you answered your own question inadvertently - the motive behind awards - from Nobel peace prize to Peabody awards - is always political. They are given to steer nations and their thoughts in particular directions.