Al Jazeera English’s 101 East documentary strand was named a Gold Winner at the Venice TV Awards in the category of ‘Cross Platform Programming’ for its interactive report, “The $5 Forests”.
The 101 East documentary investigated allegations of fraud and human rights abuses in a billion-dollar land deal in West Papua, where local tribespeople claim swathes of pristine rainforest were sold to a private company for as little as $5 a hectare without their consent. The documentary was adapted into an online interactive.
“This remote secretive corner of Indonesia is one of the toughest places to get information out of in the world today,” said correspondent Drew Ambrose. “101 East spent a year producing this investigation with Mongabay and the Gecko Project. Our interactive shows the growing problem of resource extraction in West Papua through maps, amazing pictures and solid evidence.”
“It’s a great honour to receive a Gold Award for The $5 Forests. Investigations like this require a great deal of time and resources and we’re delighted with and humbled by the recognition,” added senior producer Nick Olle.
The channel’s coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic also received recognition with a nomination in the News category.