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Torture video wins media prize

Shalveen Chand
Monday, December 23, 2013

POLICE will not be making any further comments on investigations into the torture of escaped prisoner Iowane Benedito, whose capture and torture was caught on the camera phone of one of his alleged tormentors.

Police director of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu said there would be no more comment on the case.

While police have opted to remain quiet on the issue.

The video has been used by Media Watch contributing editor Daniel Drageset to win a coveted international prize in trauma journalism.

"I am really happy to have won this prize. It was incredibly interesting working on this story, and I think it highlights what an important job the PMW is doing," Drageset told Pacific Media Watch.

Judge Cait McMahon, director of Melbourne's Dart Asia-Pacific Centre, said Drageset had to straddle important ethical issues and clarify potential bias of sources to produce an impressive piece of reporting.

"This work carefully investigated YouTube clips, blogs and other sources to construct a series of balanced, online news stories that were eventually picked up by mainstream, international media.

"While the videos were disturbing to watch, Daniel produced a strong series of news stories that align with the principles of giving voice to victims and survivors of violence and injustice."

The story was developed from graphic YouTube footage captured on mobile phones of the torture of 27-year-old escaped prisoner Iowane Benedito.