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Statement: CBS’s “60 Minutes” segment, “Congo’s Gold” wins Media for Liberty Award

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Statement: CBS’s “60 Minutes” segment, “Congo’s Gold” wins Media for Liberty Award

Posted by Enough Team on March 19, 2010


For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010

Jonathan Hutson, 202-386-1618
[email protected]


STATEMENT: CBS's "60 Minutes" segment, "Congo's Gold" wins Media for Liberty Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress congratulates CBS's "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley, producers Solly Granatstein and Nicole Young and editor Tom Honeysett for winning the first annual Media for Liberty Award for their November 2009 piece, "Congo's Gold." The March 18 awards ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. featured a panel with Scott Pelley and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, moderated by best-selling author and leading political satirist P.J. O'Rourke.

In the "Congo's Gold" episode, Scott Pelley travels with John Prendergast of Enough and Anneke Van Woudenberg of Human Rights Watch to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to document the link between the conflict minerals we use in our jewelry and electronic devices and the mass atrocities that have caused the deaths of five million people.

This prestigious award acknowledges and encourages media contributions that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty. The Enough Project also applauds the stellar efforts of the rest of the "60 Minutes" team involved in the production: associate producer Rachael Kun, executive producer Jeff Fager, executive editor Bill Owens and the camera crew of Chris Everson, Ian Robbie and Anton van der Merwe. 


The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Congo, and the areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, contact Jonathan Hutson, 202-386-1618; [email protected].