Thursday, February 18, 2010

CNN International Documentary Wins Award

CNN Press Release: CNN International Honored with George Polk Award Second prestigious award for groundbreaking documentary

The CNN documentary was fronted by CNN’s Bangkok-based correspondent Dan Rivers and produced by Kit Swartz, Kocha Olarn and Theerasak Nitipiched. The award will be presented to Rivers on Thursday, April 8 at a luncheon in New York City.

“To receive another prestigious award for this documentary is a tremendous reflection of the quality and depth of CNN’s reporting and the tenacity and resourcefulness of Dan Rivers,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.

Rivers traveled to parts of Indonesia and remote islands off the west coast of Thailand, where he uncovered shocking photos showing the Rohingya boat refugees being taken out to sea and abandoned by Thai military. Following a government inquiry, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva admitted these practices to Rivers in an exclusive interview and said he would bring those responsible to account.

“This story underscores all the reasons why I became a journalist,” said Rivers. “It’s about getting the facts and using those facts to engage an audience and make a difference.”

This is the second award for World’s Untold Stories: A Forgotten People. In 2009, the Amnesty International UK Media Awards honored the documentary in the ‘International Television & Radio’ category for, as jurors stated, not only breaking new ground in the investigation, but also securing a personal commitment from the Thai prime minister to intervene.

The documentary can be viewed here

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