Guardian journalists Jonathan Freedland and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad win Orwell prizes

Two Guardian journalists have been recognised for their political journalism at the Orwell Prize awards.

Executive editor of opinion Jonathan Freedland was awarded the special prize for his writing, including for articles on Lee Rigby and Margaret Thatcher.

Meanwhile, foreign correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad won the Orwell Prize for journalism for his reporting from Syria.

Former BBC presenter Robin Lustig said of Freedland: "He has been on the shortlist of the Orwell prize seven times now. His writing has a lucidity and elegance of style that deserves reward."

On Abdul-Ahad, Lustig said: "He has shown great personal courage and a rare depth of understanding. He writes with deep compassion for those whose lives have been shattered by the conflict."

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