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TVR documentary “Exodus. A Syrian tragedy” receives 2015 UNCA’s Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize

The Romanian Television (TVR) documentary “Exodus. A Syrian tragedy,” by Marian Voicu has received the Gold Medal of the United Nations Correspondents Association, which will be awarded during a ceremony in New York, on December 14, a statement sent by the public broadcaster to Agerpres informs.

The ceremony will be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Gold Medal – The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, for media (TV & Radio) broadcast represents the acknowledgment at the highest level of quality of the Romanian Television documentary “Exodus. A Syrian tragedy,” the statement reads.

“That is excellent news. The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) is a prestigious global association established in 1948.Certainly, it is flattering to know that, at least for an evening, you are one step above Christiane Amanpour. I am happy for the award, I am sorry that all the fears I expressed in 2014 concerning the Syrian exodus have come true,” Marian Voicu stated, according to the above-mentioned source.

“Exodus. A Syrian tragedy,” first broadcast by TVR 1 on January 10, 2015, is the first documentary made by a team of Romanian journalists on the topic of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. For the documentary Marian Voicu (producer) and Andrei Corut (image) shot during the summer and autumn of 2014 in Lebanon and Romania. The broadcast marked the first time a Romanian broadcaster aired a comprehensive material dedicated to the Syrian refugees’ crisis.

“I recorded the testimonies of Syrian and Palestinian refugees (who took refuge in Syria after the 1948 war): almost every family had lost someone in the war. The most common situation was that of women who had left Syria accompanied by their children – their husbands had died or had stayed behind to fight in Syria. Their accounts of atrocities committed by the Syrian army are hard to fathom: from bombing buildings to the use of chemical weapons to torture and rape,” recalls the documentary producer.

A journalist with the Romanian Television since 1996, Marian Voicu moderates, every Thursday, the TV programme “Romanians close to us”. The most recent documentaries made by Voicu are “Romanian treasure in Moscow – inventory of a 100-year-long history”, “The story of Romanians in US labs,” and “Torna, torna, fratre! The story of Aromanians, told by themselves,” the latter broadcast by TVR1 in September 2015.

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