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Al Jazeera wins at Amnesty Australia Media Awards

Thursday 12 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Sydney, Brussels, November 12th, 2015 (SIGNIS/Al Jazeera). 101 East’s ’Afghanistan: No Country for Women’, that tells the story of Afghan women who suffer oppression and abuse, was named Best Film in the television category at the 2015 Amnesty Australia awards in Sydney.

"Afghanistan: No Country for Women," by 101 East, Al Jazeera’s flagship Asia-Pacific current affairs and documentary programme, beat off competition from various entries from Australian media to win the award.

Research carried out by Global Rights estimates that almost nine out of 10 Afghan women face physical, sexual or psychological violence, or are forced into marriage. In the majority of cases, the abuse is committed by the people they love and trust the most - their families.

"I would like to thank Amnesty International for the award and promoting coverage of human rights in the media, but also on behalf of Al Jazeera I would like to thank and remember the incredible women of Afghanistan who made this film possible," Sharon Roobol, executive producer of 101 East, who collected the award on behalf of Al Jazeera, said in her acceptance speech.

"Their bravery, camaraderie and resilience and their willingness to share their stories with reporter Karishma Vyas, helped inspire change."

Commenting on the award win, Giles Trendle, acting managing director of Al Jazeera English, said: "101 East tells real stories, holds those in power to account and highlights issues which are important to people from the plains of Afghanistan to the coral reefs of Australia. "We are delighted that Amnesty Australia has awarded 101 East’s Afghanistan: No Country for Women the Best Film in the television category. "This is testimony to the contribution 101 East has made in reporting through bold journalism. It’s journalism with an impact on human rights and which is recognised by an organisation aiming to make the world a better place."

In April 2015, 101 East won four Gold Medals and one Bronze at the New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards. 101 East also won Gold medals for Return of the Lizard King, The Dolphin Hunters and Stray Bullets, while 101 East presenter Steve Chao won a Gold Medal for Best News Reporter/Correspondent. The programme also won a Bronze medal for the episode We Built This City, while it received two Finalist certificates for Food For Thought and Indonesia’s Rock Governor.

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