Journalism award for Jesuit Provincial TV report
An ABC TV 7:30 Report feature that precipitated a change in Jesuit Provincial Fr Mark Raper's attitude to following legal advice in sex abuse cases, last night won the coveted Walkley Award for Television Current Affairs Reporting.
In late June, Fr Raper initially refused to be interviewed for the report following legal advice. But he subsequently rejected legal advice, agreeing to comment, and apologising to the victim after being moved by seeing the TV interview with the victim.
Presenter Maxine McKew said in her back announcement to the interview with Fr Raper: "You don't always see a genuinely transforming moment on television, but I think that was it."
The Walkleys, Australia's premier journalism awards, recognise both production values and the transformative effect of nominated stories and productions.
The judges commented that the 7:30 Report story had "forced an elite order of the Catholic Church to admit its failings and confront the demons in the legal profession who had convinced them to abandon their duty of care".
Full list of Walkley winners (Sydney Morning Herald 28/11/03)
Walkley Awards | David Hardaker and Deb Masters - ABC TV - "Lucien Leech-Larkin and the Jesuit Conversion"
Jesuits push law aside in sex abuse u-turn (2/7/03)
Mark Raper breaks his silence (7:30 Report 1/7/03)
Text of Fr Raper's letter to Jesuit Schools
28 Nov 2003