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UK: Media Awards - Global Awards Shortlist

The winners will be announced at the Amnesty International Media Awards ceremony at BAFTA, London, on Thursday 22 May 2003, to be hosted by Charles Wheeler.

The Global Award shortlisted entries are:

Arnon Regular, for his article 'UNWRA official's death raises questions about IDF planning for Jenin operation', published by Ha'aretz in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Regular investigates the controversial circumstances surrounding the death of British citizen Iain Hook, a representative of the United Nations Relief and Works agency, who was shot by a sniper from the Israeli Defence Force. The ambulance - allegedly delayed by the IDF - arrived too late to save his life

Belma Becirbasic and Dzenana Secic of Start magazine in Bosnia-Herzegovina, for their article 'Invisible Casualties of War'. This piece charts the fate of babies born to victms of systematic rape and sexual abuse during the Bosnian war. Most were abandoned in orphanages, and those mothers who kept their Children's rights have been cast out by a society which refuses to accept that they are victims. This article gained much publicity in the region allowing a largely taboo subject to be discussed for the first time.

Jennifer Tryon of Canada's CTV News for 'Cocoa made with sweat of child labour'. A quarter of a million Children's rights work in the West African cocoa industry. Many do so in dangerous conditions, with some beaten and physically abused. Tryon argues that Canada's chocolate industry contributes to the problem by buying almost $47 million worth of cocoa products each year.

The judges were:

  • Nadine Gordimer (South African novelist, writer and recipient of the Novel Prize for Literature in 1991);
  • Palagummi Sainath Freelance journalist based in Mumbai, India and former winner of the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism);
  • Ronan Bennett (author of The Catastrophist and co-author of Stolen Years, Paul Hill's account of his trial and imprisonment after the Guildford and Woolwich bombings);
  • Elizabeth Fernea (writer, filmaker and Professor Emeritus of English and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, Austin);
  • Abbas Shiblak (writer, academic and founder member of the Arab Committee for Human Rights in the UK and the Palestinian Refugee Centre in Ramallah).

The 12th annual Amnesty International UK Media Awards, sponsored by Pci:Live, recognises excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledges the significant contribution made to the UK public's awareness and understanding of human rights issues.

A second international award will also be announced at the Media Awards. The Special Award for Human Rights Journalism Under Threat is given every year to a journalist from anywhere in the world who is putting themselves at risk by reporting on the human rights situation in their own country.

Other categories to be announced on the night, for which short-listed entries have already been announced are: National Newspapers; Television News; Photojournalism; Radio; Periodicals; Television; Documentaries; Regional Media.

For further information on the awards, please contact: Annabel Harris, Media Awards Co-ordinator, Amnesty International UK. Tel: 020 7814 627,

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