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Globe online series Inside Hamas nominated for Emmy Award

The kindergarten classroom of a Hamas school in Gaza City.

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The Globe and Mail has been nominated for an Emmy Award for its multimedia investigation into the militant group Hamas.

Inside Hamas combined in-depth reporting on the ground and video interviews with numerous insiders to offer a compelling portrait of the group. Led by the Globe Middle East correspondent Patrick Martin, the series explored the question of whether Israel and the West could work with the group.

"The U.S. and the rest of the world agree that unless Hamas is capable of fundamental change, it remains beyond the pale," Mr. Martin wrote.

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"Yet it would be unrealistic to think that Hamas will fade away. The group has withstood years of isolation, arrest and deadly military attacks. Many people in Gaza are frustrated by its inability to deliver a better life, and others in the West Bank may not want to jeopardize the good life that some are now enjoying. But there is no denying the group's appeal to large numbers of Palestinians."

On Thursday, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that Inside Hamas had been nominated for an Emmy in the category of New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage.

Among the five other nominees are a New York Times project on hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard and an special on the life and death of Osama bin Laden.

The Globe and Mail has won an Emmy twice previously, for major projects in Afghanistan. Talking to the Taliban was recognized in 2009 and Behind the Veil in 2010.

The winners of this year's awards will be announced October 1.

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