ABS-CBN News' six-part series on the casualties of the ongoing war on drugs in the Philippines has been chosen as a finalist in two categories in the Society of Publishers in Asia's (SOPA) 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence.
The ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group's “War On Drugs: The Unheard Voices”, which was developed for the web by ABS-CBN News Digital Media's multimedia unit and first published on October 27, 2016 on news.abs-cbn.com, tells the stories of slain drug suspects and the families they left behind.
The six-part series was chosen as a finalist in the categories Excellence in Investigative Reporting and Excellence in Human Rights Reporting.
The other finalists in various categories include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, South China Morning Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Wall Street Journal, Agence France-Presse, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Korea JoongAng Daily, Financial Times, and Nikkei Asian Review.
SOPA was founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in the Asia Pacific region, according to the organization. It is a not-for-profit organization based in Hong Kong and representing international, regional and local media companies across Asia.
The annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence serve as the world-class benchmark for quality journalism in the region, organizers said.