UNESCO produced TV documentary on Darfour gets best investigative journalism award
"The Children of Darfur", directed by Denmark's Camilla Nielsson and produced by UNESCO, receives the International TV3 Actual Award today in Barcelona, Spain, a 10,000-euro first prize for outstanding examples of investigative journalism.
The Award is organized by the Catalan Broadcasting Corporation in order to recognize investigative journalism, encourage reporters/filmmakers to continue their work in this genre and give due recognition to their talent.
"The ultimate aim of our Award is to defend the rights of individuals and democratic values such as tolerance and respect for minorities" say the organizers.
The 15th edition of the TV3 Actual Awards was broad in scope and embraced all productions covering the issue of human rights. The Organizers said that that the Jury had "a difficult task" since outstanding productions from all over the world were in competition, but was at the end unanimous to grant the award to "The Children of Darfur"".
UNESCO produced this documentary as part of its "Revisiting Public Service Television" series, within the context of Cross-Cutting Theme Project "Harnessing ICTs for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries", particularly the component "ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting: Contributing to the development of human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination (ICT@PSB)".
The objective of this initiative was to put information and communication technologies to the use of programme development on major social and development issues by providing public service broadcasters and independent producers with production and distribution opportunities in this area.
The 10,000-euro award will be used to support audiovisual productions from developing countries in 2006-2007, particularly an on-going podcasting production exercise launched within the framework of the same cross-cutting theme project and for which some 150 proposals have already been received.
The Children of Darfur had already received this summer the 25th Grand Prix of Documentary at the 2006 Monte-Carlo TV Festival. Other prizes received by the series include the Golden Award from the Aljazeera Documentary Film Festival and the Bronze Medal at the URTI TV Film Festival.
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