British Press Awards: Andrew Gilligan named journalist of the year

Andrew Gilligan has been named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.

The judges described Gilligan’s work for the Evening Standard as ‘relentless investigative journalism at its best from a man who has put himself back in the headlines for all the right reasons”.

Tom Newton Dunn of The Sun, who has already collected two awards, was highly commended, along with Bill Deedes, the legendary former Daily Telegraph editor who died last year.

• Emadeddin Baghi or the Iranian newspaper Jomhooriyat, won the inaugural International Journalist of the Year Award.

Baghi, who has been speaking out against the Iranian regime for more than 25 years, is currently serving a one-year prison sentence on charges of ‘acting against national security”.

He founded Jomhooriyat in 2004, and included coverage of human rights, trade unions and civic institutions. The Iranian judiciary has since banned the paper and called for Baghi’s dismissal.

• Associated Newspapers editor-in-chief Paul Dacre won the final award of the evening when he was presented with Press Gazette’s Special Award in recognition of two decades of achievement as editor of the Evening Standard and Daily Mail and his continuing work on the Press Complaints Commission.

He was described as ‘a unique journalist and editor who translates conviction, passion and vast experience into enduring success for his newspapers”.

All three awards were presented on Tuesday night during a ceremony hosted by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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