Philippine press freedom documentary ‘A Thousand Cuts’ wins News Emmy

A Thousand Cuts News Emmy
“A Thousand Cuts” features Maria Ressa and Rappler of the Philippines. Screengrab from Frontline YouTube.

Philippine press freedom film “A Thousand Cuts” featuring Nobel-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has won the 2022 News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

The internationally acclaimed work by Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz, which aired on American public broadcast service Frontline in January 2021, won the Emmy for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary at the 43rd edition of the prestigious annual awards for broadcast journalism given by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

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Diaz’s film on the story of the first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize winner who risks her life for the sake of press freedom in the Philippines is among the 64 Emmy winners that NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly describes as “broadcast journalism at its best, reporting that values fact over fiction, accountability over advocacy, and that champions the advance of truth in the interest of the communities we all serve”.

The Emmy-winning feature-length documentary follows Ressa – described by Frontline as a “prime target of then-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on the press” – and how her Rappler news organization responded. “The documentary offered a powerful look at the implications for democracy when press freedom is threatened and disinformation flourishes on social media,” Frontline adds.

Ressa and Rappler have been documenting Duterte’s violent war on drugs in the Philippines as well as leading fact-checking efforts on fake news published on the Internet.

The award winners of this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Awards were honored in a two-night ceremony that took place in New York City on September 28 (News) and 29 (Documentary), 2022.

The 43rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards honored programming content from more than 2500 submissions that were judged by a pool of over 870 professionals.

Last year, Filipina composer Denise Santos won an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition on the BBC documentary series “Primates” at the 42nd News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

“A Thousand Cuts” earlier won the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Journalism Award and the Global Impact Award at the 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

WATCH “A Thousand Cuts” here AND SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the team behind the documentary film that follows the first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize winner and Rappler founder Maria Ressa, for winning the Emmy for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary at the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards!

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