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Al Jazeera wins New York Festivals’ Broadcaster of the Year award

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    In total, Al Jazeera English received 40 prizes, including 15 gold and 15 silver medals [Al Jazeera]

    Al Jazeera English has been named Broadcaster of the Year for a second consecutive year at the New York Festivals Best Television and Film Awards.

    The Doha-based network received the prestigious award on Tuesday at a gala in the southern US city of Las Vegas.

    In total, the network received 40 prizes, including 15 gold and 15 silver medals.

    Among the honours, Al Jazeera English’s 101 East won five gold medals and three silver medals.

    Steve Chao, the presenter of the documentary series, also won a gold medal in the Best News Reporter category.

    The Cut, a documentary exploring the dangerous and painful practice of female genital mutilation across the world, won two gold medals.

    Another documentary, The Boy Who Started the Syrian War, which tells the story of Mouawiya Syasneh, whose graffiti against President Bashar al-Assad lit the spark that engulfed Syria, and Spy Merchant from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit both received gold medals. 

    In addition, the Demand Press Freedom Campaign and News Promotion on Hundred Days of Trump Administration both won gold medals.

    Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English said the prize was “a wonderful honour from our industry peers for the quality of our journalism and the talent of our teams”.  

    “In the current global media and political climate, it is all the more important for independent media and journalists around the globe to make themselves heard through quality journalism and imaginative storytelling,” he added.

    In 2017, Al Jazeera English won a total of 27 medals at the New York Festivals, and 19 in the year before. 

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    The New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition honours programming in all lengths and forms from more than 50 countries.

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