BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight programme shortlisted for Amnesty Media Award

BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme has been shortlisted for a prestigious Amnesty International Media Award.

The programme, Prisoner B2970, told the shocking story of the death by suicide of Colin Bell in Maghaberry Prison, while prison officers watched television, smoked and made up makeshift beds. The programme, broadcast in Febrauary and featuring reporter Darragh MacInytre, is up against entries from news organisations from across the UK, but has now made it to the final three. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Film Institute, London, on Tuesday 2 June.

Amnesty's prestigious annual Media Awards recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding of human rights issues.

Shortlists are announced in ten categories, covering print, broadcast and online journalism. Two awards are made in the Periodicals category. The Gaby Rado Memorial Award is made to a journalist covering human rights for less than five years. In addition, on the night a foreign journalist will be announced as the recipient of the Amnesty International Special Award for Journalism Under Threat.

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