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Syria and Bangladesh feature in International Emmys for News & Current Affairs

The 2014 International Emmys for News & Current Affairs have been presented to Syria’s Descent and The Fifth Estate: Made In Bangladesh.

Syria’s Descent, produced by ITN for Channel 4 News, won the News category. This story charted Syria’s descent into hopelessness with coverage from Aleppo, Damascus, Ras-al-Ayn and Zaatari refugee camps, as the civil war entered its third year. The Fifth Estate: Made In Bangladesh, produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), won the Current Affairs category. This report investigates the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, in which 1,000 garment workers died, and exposes the inhumane work conditions imposed by local contractors hired by major North American clothing brands.

“In these dangerous and unsettled times, the need for high-quality news has never been so great,” said Bruce L. Paisner, the president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “These two programs capture two strands of critical news reporting today: news of war, and news of people who suffer, even absent war.”