Al Jazeera English channel and Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit took home two prestigious AIB Awards for the earthrise programme and “How to Sell a Massacre”, respectively.
Fault Lines was also recognised with a commendation in the Investigative Television category for ‘Targeted by a Text’, which looked into NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware targeting journalists and human rights activists.
The awards were presented to Al Jazeera English by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) in London on Wednesday, 6th November.
‘Reimagining Plastic’, which was awarded in the Politics and Business category, explores the determination behind green efforts borne out of the world’s problem with plastic pollution. The film follows two entrepreneurs in Cameroon and the UK and looks into how their initiatives show a growing trend to tackle the way people use and recycle the material.
Awarded in the International Affairs category, ‘How to Sell a Massacre’ is a three-year investigation into the US’s gun lobby. Using hidden cameras, the investigative team recorded several meetings between the US National Rifle Association and the Australian One Nation party. These episodes provide a rare inside view on how the NRA deliberates over mass shootings and seeks to manipulate the media to push its pro-gun agenda.
“It’s a great honour for us to receive these awards from our industry peers at the AIB,” said Al Jazeera English Managing Director, Giles Trendle. “These awards are a testament to the talent of our journalists and their commitment to informing and empowering our audiences with accurate, in-depth and compelling content. It’s not always easy being a journalist in these times, but these awards are a welcome validation of the important work that we do.”
“I’m proud of the hard work of our team. Awards like this also invigorate bold investigative journalism, which is increasingly necessary in our world to expose the wrongdoing of the powerful,” said Acting Director of Investigative Journalism, Phil Rees.
“Earthrise is a series that celebrates the achievements of those tackling the environmental crisis,” said Executive Producer Amanda Burrell. “Reimagining Plastic highlights the inspirational entrepreneurs who show us that when it comes to the world’s plastic problem, one person really can make a difference.”