Braving death threats to win an Amnesty award

Guatemalan
journalist Marielos Monzon was presented with a special award for human
rights journalism under threat at the 14th annual Amnesty International
Media Awards.

Monzon has been subjected to death threats and
intimidation in an effort to stop her reporting on human rights abuses
in Guatemala.

As well as a radio programme on Guatemala City’s Radio Universidad, she has a weekly column in daily newspaper Prensa Libre.

The
other winners of this year’s awards were Leo Benedictus of The Guardian
for London – The World in One City; Stephen Grey of the New Statesman
for America’s Gulag; and Billy Briggs of The Herald Magazine on
Saturday.

Nicola Kurtz of The Sunday Times Magazine won the photojournalism award for Flames of Desperation.

The
Gaby Rado Award, given to a journalist at the start of their career,
was presented to Ali A Fadhil, working with the Channel 4 Independents
Fund and Guardian Films. The award is in memory of journalist Gaby
Rado, who died in Iraq two years ago.

The broadcast awards went
to Susan Roberts of BBC Radio 4 for Bhopal and the BBC’s Darren Kemp
and Hilary Andersson for Panorama – The New Killing Fields. Tara Sutton
won the TV news category for her film, Fallujah Forensics, produced
with the support of Channel Four Independents Fund and Guardian Films.

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