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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

22 August 2006

Campbell honours exemplary journalism

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today congratulated the Matthew Carney, Morag Ramsay and Anne Connolly for winning the 2006 Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism and commended them for their standard-bearing journalism.

Presenting the award at the annual Eureka Prizes award dinner in Sydney, Senator Campbell said their winning entry, ‘The Whale Wars’, was a story focusing on the lead up to and vote in the International Whaling Commission.

“This was a terrific piece of journalism that helped many Australians to see how difficult the international anti-whaling fight really is,” Senator Campbell said.

“Quality journalism is an important part of Australian culture – it keeps people aware of important issues, it informs public debate and it creates change.

“Journalists also play a vital role in maintaining a sustainable environment. When based on well-researched facts, their words and images are able to cut through misconceptions and challenge ideological stereotypes.”

The Whale Wars’ was broadcast on ABC TV’s Four Corners programme and was selected from 27 initial entries by an independent expert panel.

The other finalists included:

“Each of the finalists in the Peter Hunt Eureka Prize has done a terrific job and their stories are examples of the very best in environmental journalism,” Senator Campbell said. “I congratulate each of these journalists on their excellent work.”

The Eureka Prizes are the most prestigious science prizes in Australia and the Australian Government Peter Hunt Prize for Environmental Journalism includes $10,000 prize money.

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