KUALA LUMPUR: The Star's R.AGE team has won two awards at the prestigious Asian Media Awards ceremony Wednesday night, edging out competition from major media organisations throughout Asia-Pacific, south Asia and the Middle East.
"The journalists at R.AGE have had a long year full of dangerous investigations and undercover work, so I'm incredibly pleased for them to have received this recognition," said its editor Ian Yee.
"These awards show that it still pays to do hard-hitting, cause-driven journalism in Malaysia, and we hope more young Malaysians will be inspired to do the same," he said.
The team won gold in the Best Feature Story and Best in Community Service categories, both for its Predator In My Phone undercover investigation on online sex predators.
The investigation and subsequent campaign for legislative reform contributed to the passing of the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill two weeks ago.
The Asian Media Awards is organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra), a non-profit organisation which represents over 18,000 news publishers in 120 countries.
The over 400 entries to this year's awards, the 16th edition, were judged by a panel of 25 international media executives.
R.AGE bagged six major trophies last year, including the World Young Reader News Publisher of the Year title in Washington DC, the United Nations Malaysia Award, and an Asian Digital Media Award.
Find out more about R.AGE's work at rage.com.my and fb.com/thestarRAGE.