Shortlist for Amnesty's Media Awards 2013 announced

Amnesty International UK has announced the shortlist for its prestigious annual Media Awards for 2013

The shortlists are announced in eleven categories, covering print, broadcast and online journalism. The Gaby Radio Memorial Award will be made to a journalist who has been covering human rights issues for less than five years and a Student Award will be made for those even newer to human rights journalism. (For full details of the shortlisted entries, see below).

Amnesty’s Media Awards, now in their 22nd year, recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding of human rights issues. The winners of this year’s Amnesty International UK Media Awards will be announced in a ceremony at the BFI in central London on Tuesday 11 June.

Amnesty International UK Media Director Mike Blakemore said:

“With the fall-out from phone hacking, journalism has had a difficult year, but this shortlist is a reminder of what the best journalism is all about.

“The shortlist is packed with a huge variety of work from some of the best journalists in their field.

“It will be fascinating to see who wins out in each category, but the real point is that human rights journalism is very much alive and kicking in this country. Well done to everyone who’s made the shortlist.”

Last year’s Media Awards went to The Sunday Times’ Marie Colvin, Radio 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Ronke Phillips and Faye Nickolds, Channel 4 News / “Mani”, ITN Productions for Channel 4, Mary Turner, BBC Newsnight, Will Storr, Al Jazeera, Vanessa Baird, and Amy Mackinnon.

Previous winning journalists have included Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Lucy Ash, Andrew Gilligan, Lindsey Hilsum, Alan Johnston, Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Eamonn McCann, Jonathan Miller, Gaby Rado and Mike Thomson. More information at: www.amnesty.org.uk/mediaawards

THE SHORTLIST:

DIGITAL INNOVATION
Life Without Papers - Life Without Papers blog
Len Grant

No Go Britain: A social media-led investigation into public transport for disabled people in the year of the Paralympics - Channel 4
Kate Ansell, Anna Doble, Katie Razzall, Jennifer Rigby, Louise Turner, Cara Berkley

One Iranian Lawyer’s fight to save Juveniles from Execution - The Guardian
Maggie O’Kane, Sherbet, Fonic, Guy Grandjean

JUDGES: Liz Hazleton, Sunny Hundal, Owen Jones, Jody Thompson, Mary Whittaker

DOCUMENTARY
Call Me Kuchu - Lindy Hop Pictures LLC
Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright

Kashmir’s Torture Trail - True Vision for Channel 4
Jezza Neumann, Adrian Levy

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished - ITN Productions for Channel 4
Jon Snow, Callum Macrae, Chris Shaw

JUDGES: Steven Barnett, Homa Khaleeli, James Rogan, Alison Rooper, Emma Shore

GABY RADO MEMORIAL AWARD
A Stand in the Sinai; Egypt:  Land Mine Victims; Egypt: Sexual Attacks Against Women Protesters - CNN International
Ian Lee

Slavery’s Last Stronghold - CNN International
Edythe McNamee

Syrian Girls ‘Sold’ into Forced Marriages; Syria’s Desperate Refugees now living in Caves on the side of Cliffs; Aleppo Executions: 79 bodies pulled from Syria river - The Telegraph
Ruth Sherlock

JUDGES: Mike Blakemore, Deborah Haynes, Jon Manel, Tom Rado, Jon Snow

INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION & RADIO
Syria: Songs of Defiance - Al Jazeera
Anonymous Reporter, Yasir Khan, Diarmuid Jeffreys

The Marriage Breakers of Bangladesh - BBC World News
Angus Crawford, Mark Perrow, Hanna Shams Ahmed, Tony Smith

The Secret Drone War - Panorama/ BBC World TV
Jane Corbin, Tom Giles, Matthew Hill, Shad Khan

JUDGES: Mark Galloway, Phil Harding, Flora Hunter, Naresh Puri, Thomas Schultz-Jagow

MAGAZINES - CONSUMER
Facts have Blood as Evidence; The Virus of Censorship; Meet the 50-Cent Party - New Statesman
Ai Weiwei, Cheng Yizhong

Seven Days in Syria - Granta
Janine di Giovanni

JUDGES: Hannah Lack, Maggie Paterson, Lisa Smosarski, Emma Tucker

MAGAZINES - NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENTS
How did Neville Husband get away with the Horrific Abuse of Teenagers in his care? - Guardian Weekend
Eric Allison, Simon Hattenstone

The day I saw 248 girls Suffering Genital Mutilation - Observer Magazine
Abigail Haworth

JUDGES: Hannah Lack, Maggie Paterson, Lisa Smosarski, Emma Tucker

NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS
We Heard Screaming 20 hours a Day; Worse Than War: inside city of death; Millions Starve as Assad plays the Hunger Game - The Times
Anthony Loyd

Greek Police send Crime Victims to Neo-Nazi ‘protectors’; Greeks take an Axe to the Forests to stave off a Bitter Winter; ‘My Job is to Tell the Truth’ - The Guardian
Helena Smith

India’s Lost Boys Plucked from the Hands of the Slave Traders - The Observer
Gethin Chamberlain

JUDGES: Jamie Grierson, Helen Lewis, Maggie Paterson, Michelle Stanistreet, Joel Taylor

NATIONS & REGIONS
Illegal immigration in Staffordshire - BBC Radio Stoke
Rob Adcock, Stuart George, Lahra Tyndall, Gary Andrews

Where Termites have more to eat than Toddlers - The Sunday Herald
David Pratt

Witchcraft: Congo to London - ITV News London
Ronke Phillips

JUDGES: Ian Cobain, Patrick Corrigan, Marc Mallett, Bethan Williams, Ruth Wishart

PHOTOJOURNALISM
A Long Walk - Saturday Telegraph Magazine
Shannon Jensen

Crying Meri. Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea - No Borders Magazine
Vlad Sokhin

Goodbye My Chechnya - The Sunday Times
Diana Markosian

JUDGES: Stuart Freedman, Susan Glen, Maggie Paterson, Kelly Preedy, Fiona Rogers

RADIO
Face the Facts: ‘Wed-Locked’ - BBC Radio 4
Carolyn Atkinson, John Waite, Andrew Smith

No Country for Old Women - BBC World Service
Kati Whitaker, David Prest

Russia: Waiting for Justice - BBC World Service
Rebecca Kesby, Dina Newman, Bridget Harney

JUDGES: Jane Anderson, Andrew Bailey, Mike Blakemore, Anna Doble, Ronke Phillips

STUDENT AWARD
Forgotten Brides: life after forced marriage - The Student, University of Edinburgh newspaper
Lauren Wilks

Russia: Get Rich or Die Trying - Redbrick, University of Birmingham newspaper
Clara Maciver

‘A Visitor In My Homeland’ - Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University newspaper
Shruti Kedia

JUDGES: Vicky Baars, Daisy Baldwin, Ursula Kenny, Tracey McVeigh, Kem Sawyer, Hannah Shaw, Matthew Tennant

TELEVISION NEWS
Burma’s Forgotten People - Channel 4 News
John Sparks, Matt Jasper

Rape in Detention in Syria - BBC News
Fergal Keane, Maxine Collins, Jacky Martens, Riham al Baqaeen

South Africa: Marikana massacre - Channel 4 News
Inigo Gilmore, Thapelo Lekgowa, Teresa Smith, Joe McAllister

JUDGES: Mark Austin, Mike Blakemore, Huw Edwards, Nevine Mabro, Tim Miller

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