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Al-Jazeera English Adds to Trophy Chest With Scripps Award

Al-Jazeera English became the first international news channel to ever win the coveted journalism award

Al-Jazeera English became the first international news channel to ever win a Howard Scripps Award on Friday.

It won for Television/Cable In-Depth Reporting thanks to “Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark,” a documentary about political unrest in the small Persian Gulf nation.

This adds another prominent award to the channel’s ever-growing cabinet of hardware. In the past few months, it has won a DuPont Award, a George Polk Award, a Royal Television Society Award and a Foreign Press Association award.

"We are extremely proud to honor Al Jazeera English for reporting what our judges cited as 'a testament to the power of journalism,' "Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, said in a statement.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate foundation of the E.W. Scripps Company, a media conglomerate that owns and operates both newspapers and television stations.

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The Foundation awards print, broadcast and online journalism as part of its mission to  “advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism.”

AJE’s winning documentary was shot over a two-and-a-half month period in the spring of 2011 and first aired in August 2011. It won the Polk Award for best TV documentary and the UK Foreign Press Award for “Best Documentary.”

It was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award but did not win — though Al-Jazeera English won for best television network.

““It’s amazing to watch people who believe in something,” director May Ying Welsh said in a statement. “Being able to share the democracy struggle we saw in Bahrain — the courage and spirit of the people in the face of isolation and overwhelming violence and fear- was a privilege and reward in itself.”

Other Scripps Howard winners included Sara Ganim and the Patriot-News for its coverage of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State and Paul Kiel and Olga Pierce of ProPublica for business and economic reporting.