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2023 The 3rd Hinzpeter Awards Announcement of Winners in 4 Categories
Date : 2023-09-21     Hit : 161

 

  

 

2023 The 3rd Hinzpeter Awards

Announcement of Winners in 4 Categories Led by
Inside Russia: Putin’s War at Home

 


The World at a Crossroads Award (grand prize) winner: Inside Russia: PutinsWar at Home

Award for News: The Battle of Bakhmut

Award for Features: Russian Soft Power in The CAR

Four journalists led by Volodymyr Shevchenko received the May Gwangju (LifetimeAchievement) Award for their on-the-ground coverage of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclearplant explosion.

 

- Ceremony details:

  Date: November 8, 2023 (Wednesday)

  Venue: National Assembly Library Auditorium

  Prizes: USD 10,000 and trophy for winners of eachcategory

 

 

On September 13 (Tuesday)at 11 a.m., the Hinzpeter Awards Organizing Committee convened a news conferenceat the May 18 Foundation Memory Storage to announce the winners of the fourcategories (three competitive and one non-competitive) of the 2023 HinzpeterAwards, the third edition of its kind.

 

Inside Russia: Putin’s War at Home, which told the internal narratives of Russiafollowing the onset of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, won the grandprize of The World at a Crossroads Award. The Award for News wentto TheBattle of Bakhmut, a detailed report from August 2022 on Bakhmut, southeastern Ukrainesmost treacherous battleground in the war. And the Award for Features wentto Russian Soft Power in The CAR, a piece on the hazards of public opinionmanipulation by exposing the brutal actions of Russias Wagner Group in theCentral African Republic.

 

The May Gwangju (Lifetime Achievement) Award honored four Ukrainian journalists from Central TV in Ukraine led by Vladimir Shevchenko, whoprovided on-the-ground coverage of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant catastrophe.

 

The awards ceremony is on November 8 (Wednesday) at the NationalAssembly Library Auditorium in Seoul, Korea. The winner of each category will receiveprize money of USD 10,000 and a trophy. The host city of the events venue alternatesannually between Seoul in odd-numbered years and Gwangju in even-numbered years.The winners will give lectures in both cities.

 

The HinzpeterAwards are Koreas first honors for international journalism that recognizevideo journalists who document history on the frontlines for the advancement ofdemocracy, human rights, and peace. In May 1980, video journalist JürgenHinzpeter exposed to the world the tragic massacre of Koreans by the militarydictatorship in Gwangju, attracting international sympathy and solidarity. Tocommemorate his spirit, the awards were founded in 2021. The Korea VideoJournalist Association (KVJA), led by President Rha Jun-young, and the May 18Foundation, chaired by Won Sun-seok, jointly host the event, with support from GwangjuMetropolitan City (Mayor Kang Gi-jung).

 

AhmedAssar, chairperson of the Hinzpeter Awards Judging Committee and Reuters chiefeditor in video and photography for Asia, said, "Journalism is a nobleprofession, one that carries with it great responsibility," adding, " Thestories we tell, the information we disseminate, and the truth we uncover havethe power to shape our world and inspire change. let us also reaffirm ourcommitment to the values that guide us—integrity, accuracy, and the unwaveringpursuit of truth." He also expressed empathyfor the risks journalists take to tell the truth to the world, thanking both thewinners and journalists globally.

 

"Just as thetruth of May 18 conveyed by Hinzpeter awakened the awareness of anddetermination for democratization among Koreans, we hope that the journalistswe recognize, like Hinzpeter, and their reports serve as the catalyst for newinternational solidarity," KVJA President Rha said. "Through the workswinning the Hinzpeter Awards, we aspire to reflect on democracy, human rights,peace, and freedom of the press and find momentum for their strongeradvancement."

 

"Thanks tothe efforts of journalists reporting the truth at the risk to their lives fromvarious parts of the world, democracy and human rights are making furtherprogress," foundation chairperson Won said. "Just as Gwangju in May1980 became known to the world thanks to the courageous acts of journalistsrisking their lives, we are grateful for the efforts and bravery of journalistsworldwide."

 

Georg WilfriedSchmidt, ambassador-designate of the Germany Embassy in Seoul, cited examplesfrom Germany and Korea and said, "Whenever those in power commit acts ofviolence, they check for witnesses and seal off the location," adding,"I highly value the courageous actions of Koreans in 1980 and theirheightened awareness of democracy at crucial moments against injustice andoppression. I am grateful for the international journalism award named in honorof the German video journalist Hinzpeter, who captured the tragic events inGwangju on May 18, 1980."

 

Submissions forthe competition were accepted from all over the world from June 1 to July 21. Followingthe first round of judging from July 24 to August 16, eight works wereselected. The second round was from August 18 to August 24, and in a meeting onthe final decision, the winners of The World at A Crossroads, news, andfeatures awards were determined. For the non-competitive May Gwangju Award, thefinalists were named after a September 4 evaluation based on candidatesidentified through the committees evaluation.

 

The internationalcall for entries garnered submissions from video and freelance journalistsaffiliated with broadcasters from 14 countries. They included the BBC,Guardian, and Channel 4 News of the UK; ARD Mediath and RTL of Germany; PBS andCurrent Time of the US; Vice News of USA; CNN Indonesia; Reuters Peru; Arte ofFrance; New Naratif of Malaysia; European Radio for Belarus of Poland; and AlJazeera English of Qatar. In Korea, journalists from KBS Daejeon, Jeju MBC, andSBS submitted news, features, and special reports.

 

Additionally, thefinalists including the award winners of the competitive categories will beshowcased on the awards official website and during the Gwangju ACE Fair, anAsian content event in Gwangju prepared by the Hinzpeter Awards OrganizingCommittee and Korea Radio Promotion Association.

 

 

※ Attachment

  1. Overview of 2023 Hinzpeter Awards—1 copy

  2. Information on award winners andrecipients (photos, video captures, and introductions)—1 copy

  - Videos including the award-winning workscan be watched on the website (www.hinzpeterawards.com)

  3. Decision statement on award-winning works—1copy

  4. List of finalists in competitive category—1copy

 

※ An English-languagenews release is scheduled to come after September 14.

※ Inquiries:

- Hinzpeter Awards Organizing Committee: Oh Ju-ah, coordinator /e-mail: hinzpeterawards@gmail.com

https://www.hinzpeterawards.com/

 

 

 Winners : https://www.hinzpeterawards.com/hs/winners/winners_2023.do




[Attachment 1] Overview of 2023 Hinzpeter Awards 

■ 4 awards categories: 3 competitive, 1 non-competitive

- “The World at a Crossroads” Award (grand prize for news and features)

- News (news footage)

- Features (investigative, reporting, and documentary footage)

- May Gwangju (contributors to democracy, human rights, and peace / non-competitive)

 

■ Organizers &sponsors

- Co-organizers:May 18 Foundation & KoreaVideo Journalist Association

- Sponsor: GwangjuMetropolitan City

 

■ Past winners:Hinzpeter Awards website

- https://www.hinzpeterawards.com/hs/winners/winners_2022.do

 

Press releases:

- Wantto know about the Hinzpeter Awards and the man behind it?

- Internationalcall for third Hinzpeter Awards starts June 1(May 25, 2023)

- Behindthe scenes of second Hinzpeter Awards ceremony(October 26–29, 2022)

- Seminaron establishing Hinzpeter Awards(August 29, 2019)

 

■ About the JürgenHinzpeter

Jürgen Hinzpeterjoined the company in 1963 as a video reporter for the TV station of Hamburg,which is the first public broadcast station of West Germany. In early 1967, hewas assigned to Hong Kong, the only East Asian branch of the company. He wasinjured in Saigon in the spring of 1969 while covering the Vietnam War. Afterthat, he moved to the Tokyo branch and worked as a Tokyo correspondent for 17years from 1973 to 1989.

While serving as aJapanese correspondent, he visited Korea several times. Just before the May 18Gwangju Democratic Uprising, he also covered an opposition leader under housearrest. On May 19, when the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising was underway, heentered Gwangju on the morning of the 20th after preparing toinfiltrate Gwangju in Japan. By the 23rd, he infiltrated Korea andtook risks to cover the scene to capture the horrors of Gwangju. At that time,he hade never seen a scene terrible as the Gwangju Democratic Uprising, whichwas unusual for a reporter, and even when filming, he stopped filming withtears several times. The film sent by reporter Hinzpeter was immediatelyreported to various countries through Germany’s the first public broadcast station,and in September of that year, it was produced and broadcast as a documentarytitled Korea at the Crossroads. In November 1986, the end of the 5thRepublic of Korea, he was beaten by the undercovers during a protest coverageat Gwanghwamun Intersection and seriously injured in his neck and spine.

In 2004, he wastemporarily in critical condition due to heart disease, he expressed his desireto be buried in the May 18 cemetery in Mangwol-dong in Gwangju, and relatedorganizations such as the May 18 bereaved family and Gwangju Metropolitan Citypromoted his award and saddle of honorary citizenship. Having recovered hishealth dramatically, he later attended the 25th anniversary ceremonyof the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising and continued his activities bywriting memoirs. On May 19, 2005, the Korea Film Writers Association awardedhim a special award.

On January 25,2016, he passed away in Germany at the age of 80, and on May 6, 2016, amemorial stone containing parts of his body, including nails and hair, wasinstalled at the cemetery in Mangwol-dong, Gwangju, South Korea.

 

■About the Hinzpeter Awards

The HinzpeterAwards are the first international journalism honors in South Korea that recognize video journalists whodocument human rights and justice on the frontlines. They honor the legacy of thelate Jürgen Hinzpeter, a video journalist who in May 1980 exposed the militarydictatorship-led massacre of civilians in Gwangju to the world, attracting andreinforcing international solidarity. Since 2021, the May 18 Foundation and KoreaVideo Journalist Association have presented theawards under the sponsorship of Gwangju Metropolitan City.

 

■About the May 18 Foundation

The May 18Foundation is a non-profit and non-official Foundation established (1994) withdonations from the victims of the May 18 Democratic Uprising and from Koreansboth in and outside the country. Foundation has carried out projects in orderto execute the Five Principles which was agreed on in 1993 by Uprising-relatedindividuals and organizations to realize the following: Truth Ascertainment,Punishment of Those Responsible, Restoration of Tarnished Reputations,State-level Indemnification and Reparation, and Commemoration Activities.

    Commemoration

    Research,Education, Culture

    Fellowships

    TruthDiscovery

    PRsand Publications Projects

    HumanRights, Literature, Press Awards

    Domestic& International Solidarity

 

The May 18Foundation has worked to spread the May 18 Spirit and to promote democracy andhuman rights.

- Registered therecords of the May 18 Democratic Uprising as UNESCOs Memory of the World(2011)

- Granted SpecialConsultative Status by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the UnitedNations Economic and Social Council (2021)

 

Our mission is to

    Continueto investigate the truth, collect data, research, and publish the truth of May18

    Deliverthe value of May 18 spirit to youth

    Striveto realize the Community of Civil Autonomy

    Enhancesolidarity for human rights and peace across the border

     Inherit the May 18 Spirit of equality andsharing

    Conductcitizen-centered academic, research, education, culture, and internationalsolidarity projects


 

■About the Korea Video Journalist Association

The Korea VideoJournalist Association was founded in 1987 with the will of video journaliststo properly protect and develop the democracy and press freedom that ourcitizens won. The Korea Video Journalist Association has carried out variousactivities to promote freedom of video coverage and truth reporting, protectviewers right to know and the human rights of journalists, and enhance therights and capabilities of video journalists.

 

President: Rha Jun-Young (MBC, 2023~)

 

- Major activities

1. VideoJournalist of the Month Award

2. Korea VideoJournalist Award

3. Training fornationwide video journalists

4. 1st and2nd Hinzpeter Awards

 

http://tvnews.or.kr/



[Attachment2] Award details & recipients

 

■ TheWorld at a CrossroadsAward

Inside Russia: Putin’s War at Home

- Broadcast by ITV/ PBS Frontline (USA)on October 27, 2022 (duration: 1:04:04)

- Awarded to ateam of four members:

   Gesbeen Mohammad (Based in UK, nationality keptconfidential for her protection)

   Aleksandra Odynova (Russia)

   Vasily Kolotilov (Russia)

   Yuri Mikhailovich (Pseudonym; real name andface kept confidential for protection, Russia)

 

 

After Russiainvaded Ukraine in 2022, the documentary Inside Russia: Putin’s War at Homewas selected as the winner of The World at a Crossroads Award. This work containsstories that include criticism of the Vladimir Putin regime, oppositionmovements to the war on Ukraine, calls for the transparent disclosure ofinformation related to the conflict, and demand for freedom of the press andexpression. The reporting team documented conversations with people in Russiabefore the war until its outbreak and up until Putin gave his mobilizationorder.

 

Amid the war,people in Russia face prison sentences for making contact with foreign media.As of March 4, 2022, a law signed by Putin known as the “fake news” law criminalizeddissemination of "blatantly false" information about Russian militaryoperations, with the penalty a maximum of three years in prison. If the spreadof false information is judged to have serious consequences for the country,the sentence could be up to 15 years. Russian authorities have weaponized thislaw to violently suppress, arrest, detain, and torture those who oppose thewar, criticize Putins mobilization of the populace, or demand information onwartime casualties, branding them as "extremists against patriotism."

 

Considering thesecircumstances, the investigative team assumed the risks and sought individualsin Russia resisting threats to democracy, human rights, and peace, capturing theirvoices on video to share with the world. The judging panel praised this reportfor vividly documenting and exposing the untold stories within Russia that werehidden due to the ban on foreign correspondents from reporting or withdrawingfrom the area. The jury also recognized that the dedication and journalisticspirit of the four videojournalists, who like their sources took on the risk of arrest and punishmentfor their reporting, resonated with the spirit of journalism exhibited byHinzpeter in Gwangju in May 1980. As a result, they were named this years winnerof The World at a Crossroads Award.

 

 

■ Award for News

  The Battle of Bakhmut

  - Broadcast by Vice News (US) on December 2,2022, at 8:03 p.m.

  - Awarded to three-member team

    : Ben C. Solomon (US)

    : Adam Desiderio (US)

    : Julia Kochetova (Ukraine)

 

 

Situated insoutheastern Ukraine, Bakhmut in August 2022 was the most dangerous battlegroundof the war in Ukraine. The reporters including Ben C. Solomon stayed in the city for two weeksamid continuous Russian artillery and air strikes, documenting the harrowingrealities of war through the experiences of Ukrainian soldiers and remainingcivilians.

 

The report showsthe activities of UkrainesInternational Legion, people seeking refuge inunderground bunkers, firefighters defending the city with scarce resources, a 8-year-old girl left in the city, andRussias merciless assaults on educational institutions and medical facilities.This pivotal documentation exposed the falsehoods of a war that professes tochampion peace and humanitarian values while perpetrating atrocities.

 

The judging panellauded the report for its comprehensive portrayal of the wars impact oncivilian life, highlighting the resilience and hope of the Ukrainian people.They gave it high marks for its empathetic storytelling that upholds a viewersright to be informed, filming techniques that vividly depict wars grimrealities, objective reporting underscored by sharp questions and analysis, andchallenges faced by the reporters who navigated artillery and air strikes whileinterviewing Bakhmut residents. The jury said such fearless coverage isreminiscent of the ethos of Hinzpeter, who covered Gwangju in May 1980 despite theperils of martial law and suppression.

 

 

 

Award for Features

RussianSoft Power in the CAR

- Broadcasted byArte (France) on June 4, 2022, at 24:25

- Awarded to tworeporters:

: CarolValade (France)

: ClémentDi Roma (France)

 

 

In 2018, severalreporters were tragically killed while investigating the Russian privatemilitary company Wagner Group in the Central African Republic (CAR). Picking upwhere their colleagues left off, French freelance video journalists CarolValade and Clément Di Roma took on this dauntingchallenge and released Russian Soft Power in The CAR. Their August 2022report scrutinized the violence and abuse perpetrated by Wagner within the country.

 

Despite gaining independencefrom France in 1960, the CAR has suffered from civil unrest since 2012. With thesecond-lowest score in the United Nations Development Index, this country is whereWagners actions are conspicuous. Braving significant risks, the twojournalists delivered in-depth, on-the-ground coverage to spotlight Russia andits proxy Wagner, whose escalating influence both politically and sociallywithin the CAR stood out. The report incisively captures the groups strategyof using cultural and psychological tactics to hasten the Russification of CARsociety.

 

In 2021, the UNSecurity Council received disturbing field reports indicating that Wagner ledbattles against rebels and committed heinous acts such as civilian killings,rape, instant executions, and torture. Valade and Di Roma adeptly conveyed thecomplex emotions of CAR citizens facing these harsh realities.

 

Their coverage alsocriticized Russias exploitation of the group to tap the CARs abundantsubterranean resources, further exacerbating tensions rooted in the Africancountrys colonial past, religious discord, and tribal disputes. The report alsocast a discerning eye on Frances enduring imperialistic tendencies,emphasizing its strategy of evading political responsibility in the CAR whilekeenly coveting its economic riches, leaving the latter entrenched in itsconflicted state.

 

“This reportsharply illustrates how global power dynamics can distort and jeopardizedemocracy in more vulnerable nations. It shines for its critical mind and dedicationto underscoring and disseminating pressing democratic concerns in regions thatglobal media frequently neglects,” the judging panel said. The work resonatesprofoundly with the ethos of the Hinzpeter Awards.

 

The panel alsoextolled the reports balanced perspective on Russias growing political tieswith the CAR, its cultural-psychological penetration, and critique of France’sambivalent stance, calling the latter the root of the CARs issues, especiallyits inclination to shirk political accountability while tenaciously maintainingits economic grip.

 

 

 

■ May Gwangju Award

Four Ukrainianvideo journalists who covered 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion

-Central TV in Ukraine (former SovietUnion)

:Volodymyr Shevchenko (1929–1987, Ukraine: former Soviet Union)

: YuriyBordakov (b. 1946, Ukraine: former Soviet Union)

:Viktor Kripchenko (1948–2019, Ukraine: former Soviet Union)

:Volodymyr Taranchenko (1933–2019, Ukraine: former Soviet Union)

 

 

In 1986, four CentralTV of Ukraine journalists—Volodymyr Shevchenko, Yuriy Bordakov, ViktorKripchenko, and Volodymyr Taranchenko—braved the hazards of radiation tochronicle the Chernobyl disaster. Their determination to capture the truth ofthis catastrophe earned them the prestigious May Gwangju Award, a lifetimeachievement honor in a non-competitive category. The judges said their braveendeavors reflected the awards core mission to “shed light on the truth byremembering and honoring.”

 

These dedicatedjournalists bore witness to the devastating explosion of Reactor 4 at the plantand diligently covered its aftermath over four arduous months, starting fromthe night the disaster unfurled on April 26, 1986, at 1:23 a.m.

 

In response to theworst nuclear catastrophe in recorded human history, an estimated 600,000firefighters, soldiers, and civilians were mobilized over a four-month period. Knownas the Battle of Chernobyl, this massive cleanup was carried out with little tono guidance on radiation safety or appropriate protective gear. Amid thisbackdrop, the journalists, with only their integrity and cameras as shields,documented the harrowing events that followed. They paid dearly with theirhealth as Shevchenko was diagnosed with lung cancer from radiation exposure andhis colleagues also suffered from prolonged ailments from the same cause.

 

Despite agonizingfever caused by his lung cancer, Shevchenko felt a deep sense of duty to informthe world about the truth of Chernobyl. He edited the footage into the documentaryChernobyl - Chronicle of Difficult Weeks, which was completed inNovember 1986. Soviet authorities demanded 94 revisions of his work and bannedits general screening, but he fought to expose the truth that he and hiscolleagues documented. Eventually, the documentary began limited screenings inUkraine in early March of the following year. Sadly, Shevchenko died a monthafter his works release.

 

The relentlessdocumentation of this team left a significant historical record, transcendingtime and generation to expose the reality of a nuclear catastrophe. The capturedfootage condemned the bureaucratic and secretive nature of the Soviet system, whichwas blamed for the disaster and its aftermath, and the collapse of the society createdby the Soviet dictatorship. The journalists’ efforts to uncover the truth notonly exposed the Soviet governments media control but also contributed to theeventual dissolution ofthe Soviet Union. The poignant images of the"bio-robots" (also known as liquidators) cleaning up radioactivedebris on the roof of Reactor 3 and civilians working to mitigate the disastersite were a reminder that ordinary people are the true force behind overcominghuman calamities and propelling history forward.

Documentation,analysis, and memory of historical events and accidents greatly influence theidentification of the causes of future problems, remediation, and preventivemeasures. As controversy lingers over the handling of the Fukushima nuclearaccident in Japan, visual testimonies from Chernobyl stand as enduring lessonsand provide valuable insights.

 

 

[Attachment 3] Decision statementon award-winning works

 

I hope this letter finds you all well.

 

I am writing to express my gratitude toserve as chairman of the judging committee of the Hinzpeter award this year. Itwas with great excitement and enthusiasm that I accepted this role and I amtruly honored to be a part of this esteemed committee.

 

Having worked in the television newsindustry for over 25 years, I have witnessed first-hand the incredible talentthat goes into producing exceptional video news reports.

 

The Hinzpeter awards play a vital role in recognizingand celebrating the outstanding work of professionals in our industry.

 

The judging committee fully understood theimportance of maintaining objectivity and fairness throughout the evaluationprocess. We also understood the risks the journalists took day in day out totell the world these stories. The judging committee approached this task withthe utmost professionalism and integrity, carefully reviewing each submissionbased on the established criteria and guidelines provided by the committee.Each judge ensured that each nomination received a fair and thoroughassessment.

 

The World at a Crossroads Award goes toGesbeen Mohammad’s Inside Russia: Putin’s War at Home. The judges cited thework as a compelling and strong.

 

Benjamin Solomon’s The Battle of Bakhmutwins the Award for News. Judges said that Solomon’s story was “moving, cleverstorytelling piece of the war that depicts the civilians resilience in strongcharacters.”

 

Carol Valade wins the Award for Featurefor “Russian Soft Power in The CAR” for its role in exposing the dangersmanipulation of public opinion.

 

I would like to thank my fellow judges forthe collaboration, insights and expertise they brought to the judging process.I would like to thank organizing committee for their help in making the processsmooth.

 

I would also like to thank journalists onthe frontlines across the globe, be it a war zone, a protest or uncoveringcorruption or human rights atrocities. Your work in making sure that thesestories are told to the world is invaluable and remains key to a better world.

 

Once again, I want to express my deepappreciation for entrusting me with this responsibility.

 

Ahmed Assar

September 4th, 2023

 

 

[Attachment 4] List offinalists in competitive category

 

■ News

No.

Affiliation

Name

Title

Broadcast Network, Platform

Original Air Date

Result

1

VICE News

Ben C. Solomon

The Battle of Bakhmut

VICE News (USA)

2022-12-27

Award for News

2

SBS

Daewoong Choi

Massacre of Vietnamese civilians by the Korean military

SBS (South Korea)

2023-03-09~10

 

3

Reuters

Nestor Galarze

This democracy is no longer a democracy!

Reuters

2023-07-24

 

 

 

■ Features

No.

Affiliation

Name

Title

Broadcast Network, Platform

Original Air Date

Result

1

BBC

Olly Lambert

Ukraine: The Peoples Fight

BBC (UK)

2023-01-04

 

2

Découpage

Carol Valade

Russian Soft Power in The CAR

Arte (France)

2022-06-04

Award for Features

3

Al Jazeera English

Ahmed, Rashid Ro

Inside Myanmar’s Apartheid State

Al Jazeera English (Qatar)

2023-04-06

 

4

BBC One

Robin Barnwell

Mariupol: The People’s Story

BBC One (UK)

2022-11-08

 

5

ITV, PBS

Gesbeen Mohammad

Inside Russia: Putin’s War at Home

ITV / FRONTLINE PBS (USA)

2022-10-27

The World a Crossroads’ Award

 

 

※You can find a list of judging committee and organizing committee members onour website.

 

 

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