George Polk Award for Al Jazeera English documentary about Bahrain.

Posted: 24 Feb 2012   Print   Send a link
Reuters, 20 Feb 2012, Lucas Shaw: "Al Jazeera-English and Sara Ganim, the reporter who broke open the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, were among the winners of George Polk Awards in Journalism, announced Sunday by Long Island University. ... A Polk Award for Television Documentary marks another substantial achievement for Al-Jazeera English, the burgeoning network that had its biggest year to date in 2011. AJE expanded its global reach to 250 million homes, penetrated major U.S. markets such as Chicago and New York, and continues to receive awards for its coverage of the Arab Spring. AJE, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in November, took home its first DuPont award in December and won this prize for its documentary on Bahrain, titled 'Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark.'"

Al Jazeera English, 21 Feb 2012: "The documentary, which was first broadcast on Al Jazeera English on August 4, 2011, follows the unraveling of the Bahraini uprising from the initial days at Pearl Roundabout to the chaotic scenes of injured protesters overwhelming the Salmaniya Medical Complex. ... As the crackdown in Bahrain deepened, Al Jazeera was the only international news provider to remain in the country."

The Atlantic, Atlantic Exchange, 21 Feb 2012, Steve Clemons: video interview with former Al Jazeera Director General Wadah Khanfar. -- In which he is asked about Al Jazeera not covering the uprising in Bahrain with the vigor that it covered the events in other Arab countries.

Radio Netherlands Media Network, 24 Feb 2012, citing Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union: "Al Jazeera English was named News Channel of the Year at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards in London on Wednesday ahead of competition from Sky News and BBC News. The five-year old channel, based in Qatar, received praise for its coverage of the Arab Awakening, Egypt’s Tahrir Square protests, and for being the first on the scene to report the death of former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi."

International Business Times, 23 Feb 2012, Oliver Tree: "[I]s mainstream America ready for the type of straight reporting Al Jazeera contains? If the networks caved in and channel went national, would it gather a wide enough audience to change news broadcasting in the U.S.? 'I really doubt that it would have any impact at all,' [Lance Strate, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University] mused. 'It would get a self-selected audience in much the same way conservatives watch Fox and liberals watch MSNBC. Which is really an argument for allowing it in a way, as it really wouldn't have that much of an impact.' But according to [Xi Wang, co-founder of Rethink Press], Al Jazeera may have found a more surreptitious method of winning American hearts and minds. 'When we were handing in the petition at Comcast, I met American soldiers who were based in Iraq,' she said. 'One of the soldiers said he didn't know what Al Jazeera was until he got there and that a lot of soldiers got their news from it. They found it amazing how different the news was presented there to how it is in the U.S.'"