Al Jazeera has won a string of international awards, from The Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Amnesty Australia Media Awards and Red Dot respectively.
Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 wins at The Association for International Broadcasting Awards
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was presented with the The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) International Current Affairs Documentary award for its documentary Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 at a ceremony in London in November.
Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 is the most exhaustive investigation of Boeing's high-profile aircraft yet produced. Starting with the battery failures that caused an unprecedented grounding of the 787 fleet in January 2013, Broken Dreams explores how Boeing's flagship product went alarmingly wrong. The film includes shocking new revelations about the safety and quality of the aircraft, including testimony from workers who say they are afraid to fly the plane that they build. Watch the full documentary at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvkEpstd9os or visit http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/boeing787/ for more information.
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was also highly commended in the International Investigative Documentary category for Inside Kenya's Death Squads. The unit investigated allegations that Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit is running an extrajudicial killing programme to "eliminate" radical Muslims. The Al Jazeera team spoke exclusively to members of the police death squads who carry out the hits. Watch the full documentary at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUjOdjdH8Uk or visit http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/KenyaDeathSquads/ for more information.
Al Jazeera English was also highly commended for its coverage of the Nepal earthquake. The disaster of April 25 was a tremendous test for news organisations, but within hours viewers could turn to Al Jazeera to see regular updates from correspondents in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.
The real story of the earthquake was the human tragedy that it caused, killing thousands of people and leaving many more homeless and destitute. Al Jazeera reflected this in its powerful news coverage but also in two special programmes marking one week and one month after the disaster.
The AIBs were presented at a gala dinner attended by journalists, editors, producers and directors representing countries across four continents. The AIB is an industry association and global knowledge network for the international broadcasting industry with members from all around the world.
Afghanistan: No Country for Women wins at Amnesty Australia Media Awards
Al Jazeera English won Best Film in the television category at the 2015 Amnesty Australia Awards, where 101 East's Afghanistan: No Country for Women beat off competition from various entries from Australian media to win the award.
13 years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan: No Country for Women tells the story of Afghan women who continue to suffer oppression and abuse. Research carried out by Global Rights estimates that almost nine out of ten Afghan women face physical, sexual or psychological violence, or are forced into marriage. In the majority of cases the abuse is committed by the people they love and trust the most - their families.
Sharon Roobol, executive producer of 101 East, collected the award on behalf of Al Jazeera. In her acceptance speech, she said: "I would like to thank Amnesty International for the award and promoting coverage of human rights in the media, but also on behalf of Al Jazeera I would like to thank and remember the incredible women of Afghanistan who made this film possible. Their bravery, camaraderie and resilience and their willingness to share their stories with reporter Karishma Vyas, helped inspire change."
Commenting on the award win, Giles Trendle, acting managing director of Al Jazeera English, said: "101 East tells real stories, holds those in power to account and highlights issues which are important to people from the plains of Afghanistan to the coral reefs of Australia. We are delighted that Amnesty Australia has awarded 101 East's Afghanistan: No Country for Women the Best Film in the television category. This is testimony to the contribution 101 East has made in reporting through bold journalism."
In April 2015 101 East won four Gold Medals and one Bronze at the New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards. 101 East won Gold medals for Return of the Lizard King, The Dolphin Hunters and Stray Bullets, while 101 East presenter Steve Chao won a Gold Medal for Best News Reporter/Correspondent. 101 East also won a Bronze medal for the episode We Built This City, while they received two Finalist certificates for Food For Thought and Indonesia's Rock Governor.
Watch Afghanistan: No Country for Women at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkanAs-KGFg or visit http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2015/06/afghanistan-country-... for more information.
Al Jazeera wins prestigious Red Dot award for design
The Hear the Human Story marketing campaign for Al Jazeera English has been awarded with a Red Dot "Best of the Best" prize in communication design. A Red Dot is internationally recognised as a symbol for design excellence, and has been given out each year in Germany since 1955.
Hear the Human Story was Al Jazeera English's first global brand campaign. Conceptualised by Memac Ogilvy, the campaign positioned the channel as one that listens and tells the stories of those who are often under-reported and neglected by media. The channel's commitment and focus on humanity in their reporting has been extremely popular and well received, increasing viewership and campaign recall in key priority markets.
The main brand film for the campaign, which featured the Gulabi Gang fighting for women's rights in India, also received a Red Dot from the jury.
The international Red Dot jury chose the 82 best entries of the year from a total of 7,451 submissions from over 53 countries. The winners were announced on 6 November at the Museum of Communications in Berlin. The campaign will now feature in a Red Dot exhibition which will tour the world.
Commenting on receiving the award, Abdulla AlNajjar, Al Jazeera's executive director for Global Brand and Communications, said, "At Al Jazeera we believe that everyone has a story worth hearing and so every day we produce compelling emotional stories of people no matter who or where they are. The campaign therefore had to be very special to represent these human stories and the strength of the human spirit and I'm really pleased that it rose to the challenge, shattered our expectations and delighted everyone with its imagery and message."
Launched on 3 November 2014, the campaign ran in 12 countries over six weeks. It encompassed a short film, TV ads, press, poster and digital legs, as well as an interactive photographic exhibition in London. True to the theme, each piece of work in the campaign tells a different human story.
The Best of the Best Red Dot and the Red Dot are only the latest awards that the Hear the Human Story campaign has received. It also this year picked up one silver and two bronze awards at the Dubai Lynx, and a Bronze Pencil and two merits from the One Show.
The We are Fire brand film and other campaign materials can be viewed at http://www.aljazeera.com/pressoffice/2014/11/hear-human-story-2014113543....