The collaboration between 101 East and AJ Labs was selected on the jury of the prestigious Data Journalism Awards.

Al Jazeera’s digital interactive survey, The State of Fear in Myanmar, has been recognised at the prestigious 2022 Sigma Awards.

Recognizing the best in data journalism in the world, It’s a State of Fear in Myanmar, was one of only 12 winners selected by the Sigma Awards jury from more than 600 entries from 86 organizations in 28 countries.

A collaboration between Al Jazeera English’s investigative documentary team 101 East and Al Jazeera’s digital arm AJ Labs, Digital Interactive Investigations uncovers alleged cases of torture, mysterious deaths, disappearances and acquittals in the months following a military coup in Myanmar 2021 February.

A forensic, data-driven investigative project, State of Fear Digital Interactive leverages military detainee testimony, field reports and satellite technology to reveal the full extent of military violence against civilians. The project also draws on data from the Myanmar Association for Political Prisoners Aid (AAPP).

While producing State of Fear, Al Jazeera’s 101 East investigative documentary team discovered a secret facility in a military compound on the outskirts of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Working with the University of London Forensic Architecture team, Al Jazeera was able to first locate and digitally reconstruct the compound, which was allegedly used to interrogate and abuse prisoners.

Simon Rogers, managing director of the Sigma Awards, said the competition remains the global standard in data journalism.

“I’m very impressed with the quality of work we’ve seen this year,” Rogers said.

“Going through a pandemic and seeing data journalism around the world play such a powerful role globally is really encouraging,” he said.

Al Jazeera’s 101 East correspondent Ali Fowle thanked Sigma for the award and congratulated State of Fear on the extraordinary team effort involved.

“It is critical to articulate the dire situation in Myanmar,” Fore said.

“This data-driven project combines investigative reporting and impactful production to document the six months following the military coup on February 1, 2021. It is an enduring digital resource for online audiences,” she said.

Nick Olle, senior supervising producer at 101 East, said the award was a pleasure given Al Jazeera English’s commitment to journalism collaboration.

“At 101 East, we are passionate about delivering more than just video documentary content and are delighted to be working with AJ Labs and the University of London Forensic Architecture team on this creative data-driven project,” he said.

Supported by the Google News Initiative, the Sigma Awards honor the best data journalism in the world.

The 2022 winners can be found in the Sigma Awards winners gallery on Facebook.