New York, August 18, 2011
– The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 2011 Current Affairs and News categories. Winners will be announced at a Ceremony at the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 26, 2011. The international winners will be honored alongside their American news and documentary counterparts.

The 8 Nominees span 6 countries, Brazil (2); Germany; Iceland; Japan; The Philippines and The United Kingdom.

This is the first nomination for a News program from Iceland and Current Affairs program from UNTV.

“The Academy is proud to be bringing these riveting stories to the global stage,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “The 2011 nominees offer unique perspectives from all parts of the world on the events that have shaped the year and touched audiences.”



21st Century: Cambodia – A Quest for Justice
United Nations

From Nazi Germany to Rwanda, the world has attempted to bring some measure of justice to the victims of mass atrocities. But there has never been an international tribunal like the one in Cambodia, where a reign of terror decimated more than one quarter of the population more than three decades ago. This is a report on the first case heard by this unique court.

The Assassination of Jean Charles Meneses
Discovery Networks Latin America

The Assassination of Jean Charles Meneses retraces the events that led an elite force from the London Metropolitan Police to mistake the Brazilian immigrant for a suicide bomber about to detonate. Jean Charles, a young electrician, was shot dead inside the train in Stockwell Tube Station. Through reenactments, based on the testimonies of those involved in the operation and interviews with specialists, former members of the London Metropolitan Police, and Meneses’ family, the report goes behind the scenes to understand what happened on that day and its tragic developments.

Back from the Brink: Inside the Chilean Mine Disaster
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

The Chilean mine disaster trapped 33 miners 700 meters underground in August 2010. Ten days following the rescue, NHK sends a camera into the mine to obtain footage to capture the severity of the ordeal. How did the men survive 70 days underground? How did the effort to rescue them proceed above ground? The program uses detailed interviews with the miners and those involved with their rescue to portray this return from the brink of death.

Unter Piraten
infonetwork GmbH

They seize tankers, cargo ships, and even passenger liners, take hostages and demand million-dollar ransoms. For years, Somali pirate gangs have been threatening the security of the busy shipping routes in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Antonia Rados and her cameraman film in a Somalian pirate stronghold and investigate the causes and effects of this million dollar industry.


Jornal Nacional: War on Drugs
TV Globo

After a four-day battle, Brazilian security forces took control of Complexo do Alemão, a major drug dealer’s stronghold in Rio, where close to 400,000 people live. It was the biggest operation of this kind, with elite police units and military troops. On November 25th, 2010 TV Globo went live, showing criminals escaping. Jornal Nacional’s team was formed by twenty journalists in five different coverage spots.

RUV News: Volcano Eruption at Eyjafjallajokull
RUV Icelandic National Broadcasting Service

Early morning on April 14, 2010, news broke of a massive volcanic eruption at Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier. RUV News went to the area to cover the eruption, evacuation of people and livestock, massive floods caused by melting glacier, and ash rain. For the weeks that followed, RUV News covered events on ground and the impact around the world.

Sky News Live at Five: Inside the Taliban
Sky News
United Kingdom

Alex Crawford and Stuart Ramsay used their contacts to gain access to Taliban in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Their reports include one on a unit laying a roadside bomb. They negotiated access to the Talibans’ inner circle, showing how young children are groomed to be the next generation of fighters, and filmed Taliban who want to stop fighting, but are too scared of the consequences from their own side.

TV Patrol: Manila Hostage Crisis
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
The Philippines

On August 23, 2010, eight Hong Kong tourists were killed during a dramatic hostage drama in Manila that lasted for almost 12 hours. There were 22 tourists from Hong Kong and three Filipino nationals on board the Hong Thai tourist bus when it was hijacked at around nine in the morning.

About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following fifteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Children & Young People; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to
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