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Amnesty Media Awards 2019 finalists announced

Previous winners include Sky News: Rohingya Exodus © AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International UK has today revealed the finalists for the Amnesty UK Media Awards 2019, a prestigious set of awards now in its 28th year.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at BAFTA in central London on Wednesday 3 April, hosted by journalist and presenter Cathy Newman.

The 11 award categories celebrate excellence in human rights journalism from the past year and applaud the courage and determination of journalists and editors who sometimes put their lives on the line to report on vital human rights issues.

The judging panels were made up of high-profile UK journalists and representatives from Amnesty.  

The Finalists:


  • Elle UK & Fuller Project - My Husband Sold Me To A Brothel; The Warriors
  • The Observer & The Guardian - El Salvador’s Gangs Prepare a Deadly Homecoming for Women deported in US Crackdown
  • BBC Three - How Debt Kills

News (Broadcast)

  • Sky News - Yemen
  • BBC News at Ten - Mexico’s Drug Wars
  • Channel 4 News (Pacha Films) - Riding the Death Train to the US


  • BBC Two (Blakeway Productions) - Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters
  • BBC Two - Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess
  • ITV (Clover Films) - Prisons Uncovered: Out of Control?


  • BBC VR Hub and Anagram - Make Noise
  • Broadly & Paladin, Vice Media - Unfollow Me
  • Al Jazeera English - Lost Childhoods: Nigeria’s fear of ‘witchcraft’ ruins young lives

News (Written Word)

  • Louise Callaghan, The Sunday Times - The little girl whose agony set the West on path to war
  • Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday - Scandal of Autistic Youngsters
  • Richard Hall, The Independent - A Mass Grave in Raqqa reveals horror of City’s final battle

Regional Media

  • BBC Scotland, BBC Disclosure - Dead in Police Custody
  • BBC Northern Ireland - Spotlight: Buried Secrets
  • The Ferret - Lives on hold: Homeless Investigation


  • The Guardian -The Children of Windrush
  • Reuters - Myanmar Burning
  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Dying Homeless

Student Journalist

  • Anders Palm Olesen - Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Jessie Williams – City, University of London
  • Claisse Opulencia - Canterbury Christ Church University

Radio and Podcasts

  • BBC Radio 4 (Falling Tree Productions) - Lights Out: A Sense of Quietness
  • BBC Radio 4, File on 4 - Lost Children of Marianvale
  • BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Newsbeat - Inside the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

The Gaby Rado award for new journalist

  • Nadine White - HuffPost UK
  • Joe Wallen - The Daily Telegraph
  • Areeb Ullah - Middle East Eye


  • Dimitri Beliakov (The Sunday Times) - Mired in squalor but still voting for Putin
  • Giles Duley (Humanity Magazine) - We are here because we are strong
  • Robin Hammond (The Guardian) - Rohingya Refugees on the trauma they carry

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