Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mugabe-Vote rigging video wins best broadcast award

A GuardianFilms’ undercover video report revealing vote rigging by Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party filmed ‘in Mugabe’s face’ during last year’s presidential Zimbabwe election won best news programme of the year during last week’s Broadcast Awards held in London.

Zimbabwe: The Stolen Ballots, a world exclusive posted on the guardian.co.uk website in July last year and also broadcast on BBC2’s Newsnight, showed a Mugabe supporter getting prison officers to fill in their postal ballots in his presence.

The film was shot in Zimbabwe capital Harare’s central jail by prison officer Shepherd Yuda and smuggled out of the country by him. Yuda later fled the country with his family.

This is believed to be the first time a UK newspaper has won a Broadcast award.

GuardianFilms is the TV production arm of Guardian News & Media, which also publishes MediaGuardian.co.uk.

Shepherd Yuda, the prison guard who filmed this video footage ‘in Mugabe’s face’ (rhetoric) has since fled Zimbabwe.


Actually makes me want to weep.

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