Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu awarded the laureates of the Media-As-2021 competition. AiF journalist Sergei Osipov received a commemorative medal for frontline correspondent Konstantin Simonov.
The press service of the Russian Defense Ministry noted that during the award ceremony Shoigu noted the positive contribution of journalists to the fulfillment of tasks by the Russian Armed Forces. The minister compared their work to a feat.
“We [Минобороны] became open for you, we trusted you, and you justified this trust, so thank you for your work, ”Shoigu said.
The minister cited the process of returning refugees to Syria as a positive influence of the work of journalists on the activities of the RF Armed Forces. He noted that for all the time more than two million people have returned to their homes from the territory of Lebanon and Turkey.
Another example was the peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Shoigu said that due to the fact that the journalists showed the activities of the Russian peacekeepers, “people began to return to their homes.”
The Media-As competition was held in nine nominations. Among them are “Best Personnel” – for the best news report, “Lightning” – for the best work in news agencies, “Power of the word” – for the best material in the print media.
Earlier it was reported that the Federation Council awarded children-heroes who showed courage in extreme situations.