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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Paul McGeough has been named Australian journalist of the year:
The judges said they had made no informed assessment of McGeough’s report on allegations that Iraq’s interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, had executed six suspected insurgents in a prison in Baghdad which had still been neither conclusively confirmed nor disproved.
UPDATE. In other prize-giving news, Michael Duffy reports:
On February 16, 2004 ABC TV’s Four Corners aired a program about the Tasmanian timber industry. It is possibly the most biased Australian television program ever put to air. Called Lords of the Forest, its faults included a map that dramatically under-represented the amount of forest preserved in Tasmania, unsubstantiated allegations of criminal activity, the smearing of pro-logging speakers who appeared on the program, and emotive language. This included the following phrases: mushroom clouds, scorched-earth policy, an aggressive forest policy, a voracious appetite for timber, overwhelming devastation, absolute assault on the landscape and the senses, and corruption and cronyism …
Lords of the Forest was one of a group of three programs from Four Corners that won the prestigious 2004 Australian Government Peter Hunt Eureka Prize of $10,000 for outstanding science communication. Following the damning findings of the two independent review organisations, last month TCA asked the Australian Museum, which administers the prizes, to have the decision reconsidered. The judges met and decided not to withdraw the prize …