I-Unit wins for an investigation into Bangladesh state corruption; AJ English wins for a report on rape as a weapon of conflict.
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit and the Aljazeera.com Information Desk have earned high prizes within the eighth annual Amnesty Media Awards honouring the very best human rights journalism of the 12 months.
The I-Unit gained within the Investigation class for All of the Prime Minister’s Males, an hourlong documentary which uncovered large-scale corruption on the coronary heart of the state of Bangladesh.
The movie revealed how the previous military chief, Common Aziz Ahmed, protected his prison brothers by serving to them escape the regulation and revenue from corruption schemes involving the nation’s safety forces.
The documentary additionally revealed how Bangladesh had secretly acquired extremely invasive spyware and adware from Israel, a rustic with which it formally has no diplomatic relations.
The Bangladesh authorities claimed that the cell phone interception tools was destined to be used on the United Nations peacekeeping missions, a declare that was challenged by the UN and which acknowledged that such spyware and adware just isn’t mandated to be used by UN forces and referred to as for a full investigation into army corruption.
“Exposing human rights abuses is a core worth of the I-Unit and profitable the investigation of the 12 months from Amnesty Worldwide is a large honour,” mentioned Phil Rees, Al Jazeera’s director of investigative journalism.
The Al Jazeera Digital web site, Aljazeera.com, additionally took high prize within the Written Information class for ‘A Tigrayan womb ought to by no means give delivery’: Rape in Tigray.
Written and reported by journalist Lucy Kassa, the information characteristic captures the testimonies of displaced ladies and men from Ethiopia’s western Tigray area who described circumstances of rape, looting and extrajudicial killings. The abuses have been allegedly perpetrated by Amhara forces.
Printed in April 2021, the characteristic reported a precipitous spike in Tigrayan hospital circumstances of accidents resulting from alleged political and sexual violence towards Tigrayan ladies. A hospital director within the report put at greater than 800 the variety of ladies and ladies who had registered with complaints of sexual violence in the course of the peak of hostilities.
Rights teams worry the numbers could have been increased – particularly in rural and mountainous areas most affected by the conflict.
“This was a troublesome story to report on and I’m immensely happy with the crew for seeing it via,” mentioned Soraya Salam, Al Jazeera English’s supervisor of on-line.
“Amnesty’s honour is a testomony to the ability of working with native ladies’s voices to raise the tales typically underreported in battle and that spotlight the unhappy, ongoing actuality of rape getting used as a weapon of conflict.”
The awards have been conferred by Amnesty Worldwide UK on Could 4 in London.
Winners and shortlisted finalists in different classes included The Guardian, The Sunday Occasions, Audible UK, BBC Information, BBC Storyville, BBC Arabic, ITV, Sky Information, BBC Information Russia and BBC Digital Information.