a dozen horses lying lifeless on a dirt road
“The Horses Shot Along With Me” by Azadeh Asadi of Radio Farda was shortlisted for the 13th annual AIB awards

“The Horses Shot Along With Me” by Radio Farda journalist shortlisted at AIBs

RFE/RL’s Iranian Service, Radio Farda, journalist Azadeh Asadi produced the 25-minute radio program “The Horses Shot Along With Me” which is one of five entries shortlisted in the category “Audio: Human Interest” by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) for the AIBs 2017.

The documentary tells a powerful story about the people who scratch out a living by smuggling goods through the mountains along the frontier between Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan. In addition to treacherous mountain paths and minefields, they must deal with the dangers posed by Iranian border guards who seem to derive pleasure from torturing and killing the smugglers’ beloved horses and pack animals.

2017 marks the 13th year of these independent, influential and respected awards. The AIBs 2017 gala will take place in London on Wednesday 1 November 2017, hosted by Matthew Amroliwala, host of Global on BBC World News.

“The Horses Shot Along With Me” was also a Finalist in the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards held in June. The annual competition honors excellence in radio programming from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

About Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)

2017 has been a record year for this competition that rewards the best factual productions across video, audio and online. The AIBs are truly international, with work submitted from every continent. It has been a tremendous challenge for us to deliver this shortlist, as so many – if not all – of the entries deserve recognition. The productions included in this year’s final selection are remarkable, adopting a wide range of techniques to cover a wide range of subjects.