Killed Iraqi journalist honoured at Amnesty International Media Awards

Iraqi journalist Sahar al-Haideri has been posthumously awarded the Amnesty International Media Awards new media prize for her article ‘Honour killing sparks fears of new Iraqi conflict”.

She was shot dead just weeks after the Instute for War and Peace Reporting published her article on its website.

The Amnesty International Special Award for Human Rights Journalism Under Threat was given to Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, former editor of Yemen’s political weekly newspaper Al-Shora, was unable to attend last night’s ceremony having been imprisoned a week earlier.

The BBC’s Alan Johnston, who announced the Special Award, said: “I benefited hugely from an extraordinary amount of public support when I was in captivity, and for that I will always be grateful.

“But of course there are so many journalists in countries like Iraq, Sri Lanka and the Philippines who go largely unnoticed by the outside world as they endure extraordinary pressures. Among them are some of the best and the bravest in our profession, and we need to be more aware of the work they do and the sacrifices that they make.’

The full list of winners:

  • Gaby Rado Memorial Award (for a journalist covering human rights for less than five years): Xan Rice, The Guardian
  • International Television and Radio: The lost tribe – Secret army of the CIA, Al Jazeera English: Eunice Lau, Stephanie Scawen, Tricia Tan, Tony Birtley
  • National Newspapers: Iraqi interpreters series, The Times: Deborah Haynes
  • New Media: ‘Honour killing’ sparks fears of new Iraqi conflict, Institute for War and Peace Reporting: Sahar Al-Haideri
  • Nations and Regions: Congo to Motherwell, BBC Scotland (television): Fiona Walker, Dorothy Parker, Fiona Walker, Matt Pinder, Susan McCusker Thompson
  • Newspaper supplements: Selling soccer into slavery, Live (Mail on Sunday magazine): Jonathan Green
  • Consumer magazines: Russian media freedom, Index on Censorship: Fatima Tlisova, Sergei Bachiwin, Alexei Simonov
  • Photojournalism: Congo unrest, Newsweek: Cédric Gerbehaye
  • Radio: Where there’s muck: Mike Thomson in the Congo, Radio 4, Today Programme: Pascale Harter, Ceri Thomas, Mike Thompson
  • Television Documentary and Docudrama: Storyville: The devil came on horseback, BBC FOUR / Break Thru Films: Gretchen Wallace, Jane Wells, Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern, Nick Fraser, Brian Steidle
  • Television News: Too young to die – Children of the frontline, ITV News / ITN: Chris Rogers, Deborah Turness, Tony Hemmings

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