April 14th, 2016
07:40 AM ET


The special two-part series airs week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT


Imagine if the only way to escape a forced marriage was to abandon your own child. That’s the reality for some Vietnamese young women. Tricked into crossing the border by traffickers, they were sold for marriage to Chinese men. China’s one-child policy has led to a shortage of women and a thirst for Vietnamese brides. CNN International correspondent Alexandra Field speaks to escapees about their ordeal and goes to the border to see just how easy it is to smuggle women between the two countries.

Five girls… saved just in the nick of time. At a government support center on the Vietnamese-Chinese border, CNN’s Alexandra Field meets five 14-year-old girls saved by the police as traffickers were taking them across the border. She explains how they were lured into danger and sees an emotional reunion between a mother and daughter who were not so lucky.

These two special CNN Freedom Project stories air week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT.

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CNN and Harvard's Belfer Center join forces to fight human trafficking
October 16th, 2015
12:10 PM ET

CNN and Harvard's Belfer Center join forces to fight human trafficking

Harvard Kennedy School to host special panel event 'Fight for Freedom: Confronting Modern-Day Slavery' Oct. 21

The CNN Freedom Project and Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs are teaming up to raise awareness about modern slavery – including human trafficking across the United States – and to explore ways that elected officials, policymakers, law enforcement, activists and survivors can fight back.

The special event, “Fight for Freedom: Confronting Modern-Day Slavery,” will be hosted by Harvard Kennedy School at 6:30pm on October 21st as a JFK Jr. Forum and later broadcast on CNN International.

CNN’s Richard Quest will moderate an all-star panel including Academy Award-winning actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Director Siddharth Kara, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services Rachel Lloyd, Former U.S. Ambassador and Chair of Hunt Alternatives Swanee Hunt, and President of Commission United Against Human Trafficking Rosi OrozcoFULL POST

July 27th, 2015
12:29 PM ET

CNN Freedom Project And Tony Maddox Honored By U.S. State Department As 2015 Trafficking In Persons Report Hero

Tony Maddox

Tony Maddox, CNN International EVP was recognized this morning by Sec. John Kerry at the Department of State for the CNN Freedom Project's efforts to stop Human Trafficking. Photo Credit: Bill Alberter/CNN

Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S. State Department honored CNN International Executive Vice President and Managing Director Tony Maddox and the CNN Freedom Project as a 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero. The eight Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report Heroes are announced in conjunction with the annual TIP Report by the State Department, which assesses the response of 188 countries and territories to the crime of human slavery.

“I am humbled by this recognition,” said Maddox. “ And I am proud of CNN using the full range of our international resources to track and highlight this important story.”

Spearheaded by Maddox, CNN International launched the CNN Freedom Project in 2011 to shine a spotlight on modern slavery. The project has sought to amplify the voices of survivors, highlight effective prevention and victim assistance efforts, and investigate the criminal enterprises involved. Now in its fifth year, the CNN Freedom Project is among the most successful and highly visible programming initiatives on CNN International. Under Maddox’s leadership, it has also become the longest running awareness and investigative campaign on modern slavery on television news. FULL POST

CNN Enters New Phase in CNN Freedom Project to Expose Modern-Day Slavery
March 31st, 2015
05:27 AM ET

CNN Enters New Phase in CNN Freedom Project to Expose Modern-Day Slavery

2015 to see CNN air new investigations, news reporting and engaging digital content

CNN is bringing viewers a renewed series of reporting and programming about modern slavery in the ground-breaking and award-winning editorial initiative, CNN Freedom Project.

Throughout 2015, CNN will air stories that uncover and expose modern-day slavery including human trafficking, child labour and the sex trade. There will be a focus on turning engagement with CNN Freedom Project into action, with an emphasis on education and harnessing the passion of young people to make a difference.

The aim of CNN Freedom Project is to bring greater global awareness to the problem of modern-day slavery and translate this awareness into real concrete action by donor countries, international organisations, NGOs and private foundations. Through passionate storytelling, investigative journalism, documentaries, live events, and viewer involvement, the CNN Freedom Project helps educate, motivate, and unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.


CNN Garners 5 Gracie Allen Awards
March 4th, 2015
01:22 PM ET

CNN Garners 5 Gracie Allen Awards

It was announced today that CNN has been honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with five Gracie Allen Awards. CNN's recognitions include:

Elizabeth Cohen

Outstanding Original Online Programming – Series for The Empowered Patient

Patricia DiCarlo

Outstanding Director – News

Rachel Nichols

Outstanding On-Air Talent: Sports Program

Isha Sesay

Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine

Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary

Outstanding Documentary

A complete list of Gracie Allen Award winners can be found here: 2015 Gracie Award Winners



CNN Named 'Cable and Satellite Channel of the Year' at 2014 Asian TV Awards
December 12th, 2014
09:37 AM ET

CNN Named 'Cable and Satellite Channel of the Year' at 2014 Asian TV Awards


CNN also wins Best News Program, Best Current Affairs Presenter and Best Documentary Series

CNN International’s editorial leadership and strength was recognized at last night’s 2014 Asian Television Awards in Singapore, with the network dominating the evening winning five awards.

For the second consecutive year, the network clinched the coveted ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ title, and was also named ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’. CNN also won ‘Best News Program’, ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ and ‘Best Documentary Series’ at the ceremony.

The Best News Program title went to CNN flagship program News Stream. Hosted by CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, News Stream is a daily hard-news show that uses technology and social media to give viewers a deeper understanding of the day’s top stories.

Kristie Lu Stout was also awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter. The anchor and correspondent is among the network’s most popular Asia-based faces, and also fronts CNN’s monthly On China show. Lu Stout has also led coverage of major breaking news stories for CNN, most recently covering the ‘Umbrella Movement’ pro-democracy protests from the heart of Hong Kong. This is the second Asian Television Award for Lu Stout during her 14 years with CNN International.


CNN to air Mira Sorvino-led Freedom Project special on sex trafficking in Cambodia
February 6th, 2014
11:27 AM ET

CNN to air Mira Sorvino-led Freedom Project special on sex trafficking in Cambodia

‘Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary’ premieres on CNN/US Sunday at 7pET

‘Every Day In Cambodia’ is a powerful CNN Freedom Project documentary which follows Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking Mira Sorvino on a disturbing yet ultimately hopeful journey to Cambodia, where she shines a light on modern-day slavery.

Far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Sorvino speaks to survivors and urges governments to prosecute traffickers, demanding to know why the Cambodian government is still allowing this outrage to happen. Three mothers also reveal why they allow their young daughters to be so cruelly exploited.

“The brave Cambodian girl survivors who shared their stories broke my heart,” she said. “But their incredible spirits inspire me to continue fighting this atrocious scourge until all the victims can be brought to safety and their traffickers to justice.”


Topics: CNN • CNN Freedom Project
CNN Wins at the 2013 Asian Television Awards
December 11th, 2013
02:20 PM ET

CNN Wins at the 2013 Asian Television Awards

CNN International has once again been recognized for its outstanding global journalism winning the coveted ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’, ‘Best News Story’ and ‘Best Social Awareness Program’ categories at the 2013 Asian Television Awards held this past weekend in Singapore.

CNN’s Hong Kong-based international correspondent Anna Coren won the prestigious ‘Best News Story 10 minutes or less’ for her powerful exclusive report ‘Afghanistan Taliban Firefight’ where she came under enemy fire for more than 90 minutes in Nejrab alongside U.S. Special forces. This is the third Asian Television Award for Coren – she won ‘Best News Presenter or Anchor’ in both 2011 and 2012. You can see her ‘Afghanistan Taliban Firefight’ report here: http://cnn.it/188w7iI


Topics: Anna Coren • Awards • CNN Freedom Project
May 1st, 2013
12:29 PM ET

“The Fighters” documentary features human rights pioneer Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, boxer Manny Pacquiao



**Premiere: Friday, 17 May (Part I) & Saturday, 18 May (Part II)**

Following a two-year CNN investigation, the two-hour documentary The Fighters chronicles Philippine human rights pioneer Cecilia Flores-Oebanda in her journey to protect children from the sex trade and convince the Philippines' biggest star, Manny Pacquiao, to join her as a fighter in the battle against modern-day slavery.

It's estimated more than 100,000 children work in the sex trade in the Philippines. Since founding her anti-trafficking organization, Visayan Forum, in 1991, Cecilia Flores-Oebanda has helped more than 70,000 victims or potential victims of human trafficking.  She believes if Pacquiao, an elected congressman in the Philippines and the country’s biggest star, champions her cause, it could mean a turning point.

But just when it begins to look like she's winning, allegations of fraud and missing funds threaten to ruin her life's work as she is forced to change her focus from saving children to saving the organization she set up to help them.

“The Fighters is a remarkable film that represents the very core of the CNN Freedom Project, namely a desire to shine a spotlight into the darkness of human trafficking and to champion those who have dedicated their lives to ending it,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director for CNN International. FULL POST

CNN Wins 2012 IRE Awards for Reporting in Benghazi and Mauritania
April 10th, 2013
12:45 PM ET

CNN Wins 2012 IRE Awards for Reporting in Benghazi and Mauritania

CNN is a multiple winner of the 2012 Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards in the breaking news and multiplatform categories, it was announced today by the IRE. These annual awards, which recognize the most outstanding watchdog journalism of the year, selected CNN's coverage of the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi as an IRE Medal winner and CNN Digital's investigation of slavery in Mauritania in 'Slavery's Last Stronghold.'

The Judges highlighted CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon's "courageous reporting" in Benghazi, saying it "provided valuable context about the milieu in which the consulate attack occurred."

For Mauritania, the Judges said 'Slavery's Last Stronghold' upholds "the highest ideals of journalism," recognizing the covert reporting of CNN Digital reporters John D. Sutter and Edythe McNamee.

Full judges' comments after the jump.


Topics: Arwa Damon • Awards • CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Freedom Project
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