Sun Reporters Win Press Club's Burger Award

Kane, Lewthwaite Wrote About Slavery In Sudan

April 25, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two reporters for The Sun, Gregory Kane and Gilbert Lewthwaite, have been awarded the Overseas Press Club's Eric and Amy Burger Award for their series on slavery in Sudan.

The three-part series, titled "Witness to Slavery," was published in June.

The Burger Award is given each year for the previous year's best work in human rights reporting. The award was presented at the Overseas Press Club's annual dinner in New York last night.

The series by Kane and Lewthwaite described their visit to a slave market in southern Sudan, where a civil war is being fought by the Islamic fundamentalist government in the north and its allies against the Christian and animist inhabitants of the south.

In their mission to prove that southern Sudanese are being taken into slavery by government-supported militias, the two reporters purchased the freedom of two boys -- ages 12 and 10 -- who had been enslaved for six years.

The articles generated worldwide interest. In the United States, the reaction included hearings by the House human rights subcommittee and condemnation of Sudan by the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Sun won the same OPC award last year for its 1995 series about the operation of a CIA-trained Honduran military unit that kidnapped, tortured and murdered suspected leftists in Honduras during the 1980s.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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