AWARD YEAR: 2014
AWARD NAME: The Joe and Laurie Dine Award
AWARD RECIPIENTS: Samuel Black, Anjali Kamat and the Fault Lines team
AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: Al Jazeera America
AWARD HONORED WORK: Fault Lines: America’s War Workers
A stunning example of what good journalism can do to expose labor abuses, “America’s War Workers” is beautifully filmed with unforgettable images and interviews. The team traveled to India and the Middle East and interviewed dozens of workers, providing irrefutable evidence about the exploitation of contract workers on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. They exposed the intermediaries who charge the poor for menial jobs on U.S military bases and described how the checks put in place by the U.S. government do little to halt the systemic violation of its own laws as well as international conventions on human and labor rights.