A special investigation by The Guardian into sweat shops and cheap clothing outlets in the UK picked up the press prize at last night’s One World Media Awards.
The Guardian’s senior news reporter Karen McVeigh won the prize for a series of articles invovling allegations that Asda, Primark and Tesco sold clothing made in factories that breached international labour standards.
The award was one of three awarded to the Guardian News and Media. The new media award, which is sponsored by Tearfund, was given for Katine: It Starts with a Village, which tracked the progress of the Katine Project in Uganda.
John Vidal, The Guardian’s environment editor, won the environment award for his Guardian Weekend report on the impact of the felling of hardwood trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reporting from DRC also won Mike Thomson the title of broadcaster of the year, for his work highlighting the plight of Congolese people caught up in the civil war, for Radio 4’s Today programme.
The award for radio documentary of the year went to BBC Radio 4’s Lost in Translation, for Face the Facts, which told the story of Iraqis persecuted for working as interpreters with British and American forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Journalist and filmmaker John Pilger received the TV Documentary Award for his ITV1 film The War on Democracy, examining the role of Washington in Latin American politics.
Brian Woods received the 2008 Children’s Rights Award, which is sponsored by Unicef UK, for China’s Stolen Children, the film he directed for Channel 4’s Dispatches.
In the local media category, Lucy Adams and photographer Simon Murphy won for their coverage of communities in Northern Uganda for the Herald Glasgow: A History of Violence.
AA Gill received the Popular Features Award for his article on a project aimed at Ghanaian adults and children who had lost their sight: Seeing is Believing.
And the Millennium Development Goals Award went to The Iron Ladies of Liberia, which was part of the Storyville – Why Democracy? season, following Africa’s first female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her first year in office.