Al Jazeera scoops award for Bahrain documentary
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 24-11-2011
An Al Jazeera documentary covering this year’s uprising in the island state of Bahrain has been awarded the Media Award for TV feature / documentary by the Foreign Press Association.
‘Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark’, which was first broadcast by Al Jazeera English on 4 August 2011, followed events from the initial demonstration at Manama’s Pearl Roundabout to injured protestors flooding the Salmaniya Medical Complex.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera claims to be the only international broadcaster to remain in Bahrain following the security clampdown.
“This award is a testament to Al Jazeera’s commitment to providing a voice to the voiceless. I am delighted that our documentary has been recognised at the Foreign Press Association’s prestigious award ceremony”, said Jon Blair, executive producer, Al Jazeera English, after accepting the award in London.
“The courage and spirit depicted in the film touched the hearts of people across the globe,” added May Welsh, who directed the film. “Shouting in the Dark captured the situation on the ground through a mixture of eyewitness reports and raw footage. This award is as much a recognition for the people I met in Bahrain as it is for Al Jazeera.”