A highlight of the OPC ceremony was ABC-TV's Ted Koppel leading
a candle-lighting ceremony honouring journalists killed there. Former
US secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger was the principle speaker.
CNN correspondent Nic Robertson got The David Kaplan Award for
best TV spot news reporting from abroad for the five part Terror
on Tape series. Using sources and contacts developed after years
of reporting in Afghanistan Robertson unearthed a trove of al Qaeda
training tapes that showed in detail how recruits were schooled
in assassinations, kidnappings, the 9/11 airplane highjackings,
explosives, and germ warfare.
The content included a video of Osama bin Laden with his forces.
Anti-terrorism experts said that the discovery provided valuable
insight into the inner workings of Al Qaeda.
CNN Productions got The Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV interpretation
or documentary on international affairs -House of War: The Uprising
at Mazar-e Sharif.. The report dealt with a battle during the
war in Afghanistan when Taliban prisoners had the guts to stage
a bloody uprising at Mazar-e Sharif.
Indian coverage also got recognised. The Eric And Amy Burger Award
for best international reporting in the broadcast media dealing
with human rights went to NBC News' show Dateline. Its documentary
Slaves to Fashion? exposed child slavery across India's silk
Dateline's year long investigation shows the harsh lives
of very young children sold by their parents into bonded labour.
The documentary follows the silk production and supply chain from
silkworm markets, to boiling and weaving sweatshops, through auction
centers, fabric manufacturers and the middlemen and suppliers to
leading US department stores. The focus rests on how difficult it
is to say with any certainty whether the silk so widely available
in America is or is not produced by child slaves.
As far as the print medium was concerned, the Wall Street Journal
was recognised for its series of articles Inside Al Qaeda.
It won The Hal Boyle Award for Best newspaper or wire service reporting
from abroad. The articles were recognised for enterprising reporting,
penetrating analysis, and storytelling. The reporters travelled
around the world to pursue every possible lead in portraying the
most in-depth picture to date of the inner workings of Al Qaeda.