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Nurgazy Dreams Big... And Wins (A Webby Award)

UPDATE: On May 16, RFE/RL was presented its 2016 Webby People's Voice Award, for the social video Watch This Disabled Boy's World Change In Two Minutes, at a star-studded ceremony in New York. The award was accepted by Kyrgyz Service journalist Ulanbek Egizbaev, DIGIM video producer Mykola Nemchenko, and Nurgazy Yakshilik uulu, the young disabled teenager featured in the video. This was Nurgazy's first trip to the United States. As Nurgazy said in his 5-word acceptance speech at the Webby Awards, "Everyone can dream... and win."

Nurgazy Dreams Big ... And Wins
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RFE/RL Wins Webby People’s Voice Award​

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2016 -- A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award.

Watch This Disabled Boy's World Change In Two Minutes tells the story of a disabled teenager who relies on his friends to push him in his wheelchair everyday along the rugged path to school, and his elation when a local NGO surprises him with a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle he can operate himself to make the journey. Produced by Bishkek-based correspondent Ulanbek Egizbaev and repackaged by RFE/RL’s Current Time digital team for social media, it was viewed more than a million times globally in Russian, English, and the original Kyrgyz.

"We deeply value this recognition of the quality of RFE/RL reporting, and thank the many, many voters globally who felt the impact of this story just as powerfully as we did," said RFE/RL Editor-in Chief Nenad Pejic.

Two other RFE/RL entries were selected as Official Honorees in the 2016 competition. Desperate Honeymoon, a documentary by Multimedia Producer Ray Furlong, follows Syrian newlyweds as they make the arduous trek across the Balkans in search of a better life in Europe. Honored in the Documentary: Individual Episode category, it won Silver and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards earlier this month.

RFE/RL’s Pangea Digital team, which manages the company’s content management system, was recognized by The Webby Awards in the Mobile Sites & Apps: News category for RFE/RL’s new responsive design website.

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from over 70 countries worldwide this year, and were judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, an organization based in New York that presents the prize. The award will be presented at an awards ceremony in New York on May 16.