Al Jazeera honoured for hard-hitting films

Qatar-based network grabs more than a dozen awards for films while its refugee crisis news coverage is honoured.

    Al Jazeera honoured for hard-hitting films
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    Al Jazeera has captured a series of honours for its filmmaking at the New York International TV & Film Awards.

    The 101 East programme led the way with five gold medals on Tuesday, including Afghanistan's Billion Dollar Drug War winning best investigative report, while Myanmar's Jade Curse grabbed the national-international affairs award.

    Malaysia’s Unwanted was awarded the best current affairs programme.

    "The five gold medals won by our weekly 101 East strand is a testament to the quality of our journalism and the importance of our mission to tell compelling stories from around the world," said Giles Trendle, acting managing director of Al Jazeera English.

    Also receiving praise was the network's news coverage of the refugee crisis, and the desperate journeys of people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

    Hundreds of thousands of people have left for Europe to escape war, with thousands dying on the dangerous sea voyage. It is the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.

    The New York Festival's World's Best TV & Films competition honours programming from more than 50 countries.

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    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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