Dateline was among the winners in this year’s United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards.
Video journalist Yaara Bou Melhem won the the Television Current Affairs category for two reports on the struggle for freedom in the Middle East. Freedom’s Call reported on Syria’s hardline stance against dissidents, while Bahrain’s Dark Secret looked at the violence faced by protesters in Bahrain.
Video journalist Fouad Hady, producer Geoff Parish and researcher Melanie Morrison were also nominated in the same category for Breaking Point. Their investigation looked at the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide of Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmad Al Akabi at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney.
Brian Thomson from SBS's World News Australia won the Television News category for his reports from Papua New Guinea on the controversy over the possible reopening of the Bougainville copper mine. An extended version of the story, Blood and Treasure, also screened on Dateline.
They were among eleven nominations and six awards for SBS television, radio and online in the awards, which promote awareness of humanitarian and social justice issues. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 21st October.
Follow the links above to watch the stories, and to read more about the awards and the finalists.
You can also read more about Yaara and Fouad's nominations in the Walkley Awards.
On air: 21st October 2011