Landmark series on the Taliban wins prestigious award

Congratulations to the Globe and Mail newspaper for winning a prestigious  online journalism award from the Online News Association for it's unique series "Talking to the Taliban."

The award, given out in Washington over the weekend, recognizes the Globe's landmark work in recording interviews with 42 Taliban soldiers who were asked identical questions.  The interviews were the basis for an in-depth series in the newspaper.  The soldiers were also videotaped and the interviews were made available with an English translation on the web.

 It was a dangerous assignment for correspondent Graeme Smith.  However, Smith and the Globe team produced a series of stories that represents an important piece of journalism because it provides key insights into the mindset and motivation of the men who oppose moderate government and Western forces in Afghanistan.

You can see the Globe's special project by clicking here.

Back in March, I wrote my own summary: An inflexible, limited view of the world, life and death.

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