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Doha Debates win three prestigious TV awards in US

Sunday, February 20 2011

Doha Debates win three prestigious TV awards in US

The Doha Debates, Qatar's independent forum for free speech, have been honoured with three" Insight Awards" by the California-based National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists.

The citations are given to creative work  that has been judged excellent and made a special contribution to the movie or TV industries.

Judges singled out the Doha Debates' special event with senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar, the programme that discussed the motion "This house believes Muslims are failing to combat extremism" and the performance of the moderator Tim Sebastian.

Sebastian said the awards reflected the debates' increasing recognition in the US where they had acquired a significant following in a highly competitive market.

"We are delighted to be honoured in this way. It's a huge tribute to the professionalism and commitment of the entire team. This is the second set of international awards we have won in the last three months and that kind of visibility is doubly important for us  at a time of political turmoil in the Middle East. "

Winners of the 2010 Insight Awards were selected from over 2300 entries, submitted by a range of studios, tv and web-based companies.

Last November the debates triumphed in the Special Genre category at the Association of International Broadcasting Awards in London.

The programmes are available in more than 400 million homes on six different international and national broadcasters in the US, Canada, Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. These include: BBC World News; MHz Networks and their affiliate PBS channels; The Real News Network; New York's Channel 13; Geo TV; and Bosnia and Herzegovina TV.