The nominees for the International Emmys’ News and Current Affairs categories have been announced. The United Kingdom, Brazil, Qatar, Russia, the Netherlands, and — for the first time — Kenya are among the countries that received nominations. In the Current Affairs category, the BBC World Service received the first nomination for a Kenyan program. ‘Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers’, a BBC investigation, revealing the existence of a covert but booming underground market for stolen babies in Kenya. The crew infiltrated three large-scale child trafficking networks that span Nairobi’s most impoverished slums to one of the country’s largest government hospitals.
On September 28, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honour the winners alongside their American news peers during a virtual ceremony. “As the world grapples with the pandemic and unrest around the world, credible news is more important than ever.” The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ President and CEO, Bruce Paisner, stated. “We salute our nominees for their extraordinary work and great courage in reporting on difficult and sensitive themes, despite the global health crisis and many other challenges they faced.”
The following are a few of the nominations for the 2021 International Emmys in the category of News and Current Affairs:
The effects of the explosion at the Beirut port on August 4, 2020, as reported by Al Jazeera English correspondent Zeina Khodr on ‘Beirut Blast’ while walking with her family in a city already on its knees owing to a significant economic crisis.
And ‘Nagorno-Karabakh War: Bloodshed and Path to Ceasefire’, which focuses on the escalating military war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which reached Stepanakert, the central city and de-facto capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The RT crew flies to a small village under continual shelling despite a declared truce and reports from the city gripped by fear.