Canadian Native TV Network Wins AI Journalism Award


The investigative journalism team at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has won the 2010 Amnesty International Canada Human Rights Journalism Award for an in-depth report on the plight of missing indigenous women across Canada.

The award, which recognizes journalism that promotes public awareness of human rights violations, was announced last week.

APTN’s winning report is “a powerful examination of the plight of missing Aboriginal women,” the station said in a release, noting that reporter Tina House “referenced reports about the downtown eastside of Vancouver, the Walk for Justice, and even the tragic case of the death of her own cousin.” She examines in depth “the dismissive attitude of the police and others who failed to address the issue of over 500 missing and murdered women.”

APTN Investigates is an investigative news program “that goes behind the headlines, past the sound bites and digs deep to find out the truth,” the station said. “If things don’t quite add up, the most knowledgeable team of reporters are assigned to peel away the layers of spin and get right to the heart of the issue. APTN Investigates asks the tough questions on behalf of APTN viewers to reveal what’s really going on.”

The network is 11 years old.