Islam Channel’s Bangladesh documentary shortlisted for international awards

Islam Channel journalist and 5Pillarz contributor, Yasmin Khatun’s documentary – Slave Industry: A year on from Rana Plaza has been shortlisted for ‘International Investigative Documentary Television’ of the year at the Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) awards. 

The AIB looked at work from more than 30 countries to create the shortlist, with the final list now being judged. The feature documentary which aired in April was reported and produced by journalist Yasmin Khatun, who has been with the Islam Channel since 2012.

In 2013 Yasmin Khatun launched unprecedented series Bangladesh in Crisis which followed events focused on the south Asian countries’ International Crimes Tribunal and political crisis. In the wake of a factory collapse in April 2013, the series explored the nations garments industry. Slave Industry: A year on from Rana Plaza was a follow up documentary to critically acclaimed Bangladesh in Crisis special report: Ethical Fashion.

Yasmin Khatun is a journalist and producer at Islam Channel
Yasmin Khatun is a journalist and producer at Islam Channel

The shortlisted documentary looks at ethics in fashion and the Rana Plaza factory collapse a year on from the disaster, with reporter Yasmin Khatun investigating as to whether anything has changed and what Islam says about ethics. The documentary features exclusive interviews with theologian Dr Yasir Qadhi, and former British minister for international development RT Hon Alan Duncan MP.

Yasmin told 5Pillarz: “Its amazing to have been shortlisted for the award and bring attention to a cause we very often neglect. My intention behind producing the documentary was to highlight why its an important cause, bring to attention those who suffer as a result of fast fashion and present that being ‘ethical’ is a wholly Islamic issue.”

The documentary is up against, Dispatches: How to fix a Football Match (Channel 4 Television), Our World: Iran’s secret army (BBC News & Current Affairs), Our World: Saudi’s secret uprising (BBC News & Current Affairs), Return to Benghazi (CNN) and Worked to Death in Qatar (France 24) with the winners announced in London at a ceremony in November.

You can watch the documentaries on YouTube by clicking on the following links:

Slave Industry: A year on from Rana Plaza



Bangladesh in Crisis: Ethical Fashion



You can follow Yasmin on Twitter @Yasm1nk

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