King Brown Country Wins Munster Award
The 2011 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism was awarded to Russell Skelton for his investigative piece, King Brown Country, a five year investigation into the systematic failure of Indigenous policy that has deeply affected the lives of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory.
The $1000 prize was presented by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. The judges said:
This is a controversial and brave investigation into a community that was known for its success in the arts and music and as a role model for progress in remote Aboriginal communities. Its subsequent decline was a shocking case study in the pitfalls and failures of Aboriginal stewardship. Russell Skelton took on a project that was always going to be difficult and thankless and his bravery and independent pursuit of the truth is to be commended.