Reuter, London, June 4 - A British television film showing the
massacre of a crowd of East Timorese by Indonesian security forces won
an Amnesty International human rights media award on Thursday.
"Cold Blood: the Massacre of East Timor" by the independent channel
Yorkshire Television was named overall winner at the first Amnesty
International press award ceremony in London.
The programme showed the shooting of East Timorese mourners at a
cemetery in the East Timor capital, Dili, in November 1991.
Programme producer Peter Gordon, who received the award, said:
"Obviously I am pleased but people are still dying in East Timor."
He said an estimated 200,000 people had been killed since the
Indonesian occupation began.
Gordon's crew were in East Timor to make a documentary when troops
fired into the crowd of civilians.
The London-based pressure group inaugurated the press awards this
year to honour British media organisations whose work is deemed to
promote human rights.
"Amnesty persists where journalism leaves off. We visit these scenes
and then move on. Amnesty has the virtue of sticking with the story and
making sure the truth comes out," said leading British broadcaster
Trevor McDonald at the award ceremony.