Amnesty pays tribute to 'outstanding' news coverage

Guardian News and Media, the BBC and Channel 4 won two prizes each at the Amnesty International UK media awards yesterday.

The awards, which were hosted by BBC News presenter Mishal Husain, recognise excllence in reporting about human rights issues.

The BBC’s Gaza correspondent, Aleem Maqbool, won this year’s Gaby Rado memorial award, which is given each year in memory of the Channel 4 foreign correspondent who died while on assignment in Iraq in 2003.

The corporation also won in the radio category for a Radio 4 Today programme piece on the Central African Republic.

Channel 4 took the awards for TV documentary and TV news, both for its coverage of Africa.

Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen said in a statement: “In the midst of the world financial crisis it is more important than ever to celebrate the achievements of journalists whose outstanding reporting has helped throw a clear light upon human rights abuses.

“Not only is the crisis itself having an impact upon people’s human rights, there is also a real threat to investigative journalism as media outlets cut costs and reduce staff.”

A special award for journalism under threat was handed to Azerbaijani newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev, who is serving an eight-and-a-half-year sentence, having been convicted on politically motivated charges.

The full list of winners

Gaby Rado memorial award
Aleem Maqbool, BBC News

International television and radio
World’s Untold Stories: The Forgotten People, CNN

Nations and regions
The Fight for Justice, The Herald Magazine, Lucy Adams

National newspapers
MI5 and the Torture Chambers of Pakistan, The Guardian, Ian Cobain

New media
Kenya: The Cry of Blood – Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances, Wikileaks

Consumer magazines
The ‘No Place for Children’ campaign, New Statesman

Newspaper supplements
Why do the Italians Hate Us? The Observer Magazine

Photojournalism
No One Much Cares, Newsweek, Eugene Richards

Radio
Forgotten: The Central African Republic, BBC Radio 4 – Today Programme

Television documentary
Dispatches: Saving Africa’s Witch Children, Channel 4

Television news
Kiwanja Massacre: Congo, Channel 4 News / ITN

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