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Saturday, April 5, 2008

"The March of the Saffron Robes", won the coveted News Story of the Year


MediaCorp News bagged five of seven awards given out at a ceremony on Friday night. Its documentary, entitled "The March of the Saffron Robes", won the coveted News Story of the Year.

The protest marches by the Buddhist monks in Myanmar last September made news around the world. But covering the event, which saw Myanmar authorities crack down on protesters in the reclusive country, was a major challenge.

Seasoned current affairs producer Sharon Hun and her team took the bull by the horns and tamed it. Immediately after the story broke, the team overcame the odds to produce "The March of the Saffron Robes" documentary in just three days, when similar productions would have taken much longer.

The judges felt that the documentary was a timely story that gave much-needed context and perspective to the Myanmar issue. "I think because it involves Myanmar - the country has been closed for many years - getting independent opinion and information and even access into the country was a challenge in itself.

We were very fortunate to have a group of people who were willing to share their story with us," said producer Sharon Hun. (Full story here)

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