“On 24 April 2007, the Manado court [in North Sulawesi, Indonesia] handed down a decisive, unambiguous verdict clearing my Dad [Richard Ness] of all charges and declared that Buyat Bay was never polluted, the fish are safe for human consumption and the people are fine.
Now let’s rewind almost two years back to 27 April 2005. This day the Overseas Press Club (OPC) awarded New York Times reporter Jane Perlez the prestigious Whitman Bassow Award, which recognizes “Best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues”.
The OPC panel of judges awarded Jane Perlez this honor because her reporting “detailed evidence in the village of Buyat Bay of skin tumors, rashes, breathing difficulties, and headaches.” But most noticeably, it is the claim that it wasn’t “until the Times series appeared [that] the Indonesian government and the mining company had turned a deaf ear to the problem” and that it was Jane Perlez’s series of articles that “forced the government to take legal action against Newmont”.
Read the rest of this blog post and watch the video of the presentation here: http://www.richardness.org/blog/revisitingtheoverseaspressclubaward.php