“Firestone and the Warlord,” FRONTLINE and ProPublica‘s 2014 investigation revealing the relationship between the iconic American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, has won an IRE Award for best multi-platform story. VII’s Ashley Gilbertson is part of the award-winning team.
From the IRE judges:
“This reporting collaboration told a gripping story of how Firestone managed to continue operating during the brutal Liberian civil war, a tale informed by diplomatic cables, court documents, and accounts from Americans who ran a rubber plantation as Liberia descended into chaos. The team excelled in one of the world’s most difficult reporting spots and made viewers care about issues often neglected. The sources of the revelations were all on camera and detailed in documents. The result is a concise history of a disturbing episode that the public largely overlooked, and a rare window into the interrelationships of corporations that supply our consumer goods and regimes linked to crimes against humanity.”
Click here to learn more about “Firestone and the Warlord.”