‘Stealing Paradise’, the Al Jazeera documentary on the alleged corruption within the Maldivian government, has won an award from One World Media.
The documentary from Al Jazeera’s investigative team won the Corruption Reporting Award, which is given to a piece of media that deals with any aspect of corruption in or related to the developing world, including investigative reports and features that show the effects of corruption on individuals or society.
One World Media is a non-profit organization that supports international journalism and promotes media coverage of global issues.
After receiving the award, Stealing Paradise’s producer Will Jordan said that the award was dedicated to missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan, murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed, and the people of Maldives.
According to Al Jazeera: Stealing Paradise, released in September 2016, uncovers a $1.5 billion money laundering scheme involving Maldives, and show how former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, now in jail, was involved in plots to benefit from the sale of islands and lagoons.
“It was evidence gathered from three of the former vice president’s mobile phones. Before he was jailed, he handed them to a friend who passed them to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. They include selfies, emails and text messages, many of which paint a portrait of a corrupt political class led by President Yameen, which has sold off paradise islands for its own personal enrichment.”