10:50 PM ET, August 16th, 2014

Award Marks Second Consecutive Win for Series in Category CNN’s popular original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored with the award for Outstanding Informational Series, for the second consecutive year, during the 2014 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy presentation at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight. The award was presented to Anthony Bourdain, […] Full Post

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.”

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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

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

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

“THE FIGHTERS”: NEW FEATURE-LENGTH CNN FREEDOM PROJECT DOCUMENTARY

HUMAN RIGHTS PIONEER CECILIA FLORES-OEBANDA, BOXER MANNY PACQUIAO JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST MODERN-DAY SLAVERY IN THE PHILIPPINES

**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.

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Topics: Arwa Damon • Awards • CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Freedom Project
February 11th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

'Mozambique or Bust' – a CNN Freedom Project documentary debuts Friday, Feb. 15

Narrated by Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino

**First airs: Friday, 15 February at 1130 US/ET ** 1630 GMT ** 1730 CET**

Coming to CNN International this month, ‘Mozambique or Bust’ is an extraordinary story of how a housewife, Kimba Langas; a truck driver, Rick Youngquist; a businessman, Paul Jarzombek, and a pastor, Dave Terpstra, joined the fight against modern-day slavery in Africa with an unconventional weapon: bras.

In February 2012, the CNN Freedom Project highlighted the efforts of “Free the Girls,” a small Denver-based charity that collected donated bras in the U.S. for sex trafficking survivors to sell in the used clothing markets of Mozambique. Bras are a luxury item there, and selling them provides the survivors with a sustainable income.

When CNN first reported the story, “Free the Girls” had collected more than 20,000 bras but could not afford to ship them to Africa.  Paul Jarzombek, COO at LR International, saw the story and took action, his shipping company travelled the bras from Chicago to Maputo for free, triggering a chain reaction of additional kindness and goodwill.

‘Mozambique or Bust’ is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. Through this, she promotes and participates in information and prevention campaigns to educate the general public and target audiences on human trafficking, helping disseminate information to the public about UNODC's work.

Mike McCarthy, senior vice president for programming, CNN International, said: “This is a story about how jobs and entrepreneurship can help keep vulnerable women independent as they continue their journeys away from sex trafficking.  These four people demonstrate how anyone can make a difference in the fight against human trafficking – in their own communities, or half a world away.   We are especially pleased that Mr. Jarzombek was moved to his extraordinary generosity after seeing our reports on CNN, and we’re extremely pleased that Mira Sorvino has helped us tell this story.  Her longtime commitment and understanding of the issues inform her narration in ways we hope will inspire others who see this program.”

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Topics: CNN • CNN Freedom Project • Press Releases
December 7th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

CNN Freedom Project's 'Operation Hope' debuts Saturday, Dec. 8 on CNN International

CNN senior international correspondent Sara Sidner continues her astonishing and moving reporting about the brutal attack on a seven year old little Bangladeshi boy who was viciously attacked, castrated, and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang after he refused to be forced into begging.  This latest CNN Freedom Project documentary, Operation Hope chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds.

Operation Hope airs on CNN International, globally. The North American airtimes are:

  • Saturday, December 8: 4:00am, 3:00pm, 9:00pm
  • Sunday, December 9: 5:00am, 10:00pm

All times Eastern.

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CNN Freedom Project’s ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles Bangladeshi boy’s remarkable journey from horror to hope
December 4th, 2012
08:47 AM ET

CNN Freedom Project’s ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles Bangladeshi boy’s remarkable journey from horror to hope

Hour-long film reveals boy’s recovery from a brutal attack when he refused to be coerced into begging – and how he was helped from a world away

A seven year old Bangladeshi boy was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang in Dhaka after he refused to be forced into begging. The latest CNN Freedom Project documentary, ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds. FULL POST

November 29th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

CNN Freedom Project’s ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles Bangladeshi boy’s remarkable journey from horror to hope

Hour-long film reveals boy’s recovery from a brutal attack when he refused to be coerced into begging – and how he was helped from a world away

A seven year old Bangladeshi boy was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang in Dhaka after he refused to be forced into begging. The latest CNN Freedom Projectdocumentary, Operation Hope chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds.   In 2011 CNN senior international correspondent Sara Sidner first reported about the brutal attack on the little boy. FULL POST

CNN Digital wins Online Journalism Award for Mauritania project
Photo Credit: Edythe McNamee/CNN
September 24th, 2012
12:57 PM ET

CNN Digital wins Online Journalism Award for Mauritania project

Over the weekend, CNN Digital won Best Feature at the annual Online Journalism Awards for “Slavery’s Last Stronghold”, a project that investigated modern-day slavery in Mauritania. Spending nearly a year to gain entry into the country and conducting many of their interviews at night and in covert locations, CNN writer John Sutter and digital content producer Edythe McNamee went to great lengths to uncover the tragedy of multigenerational servitude in Mauritania. The project appeared in the form of the network’s first-ever digital magazine, which fuses video, text, photography and interactive components.

The Online Journalism Awards celebrate innovation and cross-platform storytelling and honor excellence in digital journalism around the world.


Topics: Awards • CNN Digital • CNN Freedom Project • Enterprise
September 21st, 2012
10:04 AM ET

CNN Worldwide Announces New Freedom Project Programming for Second Year

Collaboration with NGOs Helps Free Trafficked Persons

As CNN Worldwide marks the first year of the CNN Freedom Project, the network today announced a sweeping slate of new digital and television journalism for the project for the second half of 2012.  Launched in mid-2011, the CNN Freedom Project shines light on the efforts of individuals and organizations working to fight the injustices of forced labor, sex trafficking, unauthorized organ harvesting, and other forms of human trafficking in the United States and around the world.

“The CNN Freedom Project marked a decision by our news organization to take a stand on an issue,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.  “As journalists, we have resisted taking positions, but with our global resources, how could CNN not be involved in raising awareness to these horrible injustices?  And, through our collaborations with heroic NGOs working in these areas, we have pushed for change and are seeing tangible results: more than 1,000 people found freedom following a CNN Freedom Project story.”

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