British Press Awards: The journalist of the year shortlist

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The shortlists for journalist of the year and international journalist of the year in the 2009 Press Gazette British Press Awards have now been published.

The winners in the two “premier categories” will be announced at the awards dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 31 March.

Gillian Tett from the Financial Times is nominated in the journalist of the year category for being “consistently in front of the curve” as the world’s economy went into meltdown.

Another business journalist, Daily Mail City editor Alex Brummer is shortlisted for “reducing the complexities of the credit crunch to something all of us can understand”.

Also nominated for journalist of the year is the Daily Mail’s “thought-provoking” Quentin Letts, and The Times’s Andrew Norfolk for his “dogged investigation” into “lawyers ripping off miners”.

Freelance journalist Dan McDougall receives a nomination for his “groundbreaking investigation” into the retail chain Primark.

And Colin Freeman, the Sunday Telegraph journalist held hostage for six weeks in Somalia last year, also makes the shortlist.

In the international journalist of the year category, six journalists – from Iran, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia and Yemen – have been singled out for their work defending press freedom.

The rest of the nominations for the British Press Awards were announced last week and can be found by following the link at the top of this story.

There will be no shortlist for newspaper of the year. The winner for that category will be announced at the ceremony on 31 March.

• Journalist of the year

Alex Brummer, Daily Mail
“For reducing the complexities of the credit crunch to something all of us can understand.”

Colin Freeman, Sunday Telegraph
“Colin deserves a nomination for having brass balls. Despite being previously shot in Iraq, he got straight back in the saddle only to be kidnapped in Somalia. I doubt any of that will put him off bringing back news from the frontline.”

Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
“Seemingly always available, seemingly always thought-provoking, seemingly always funny.”

Dan McDougall, freelance
“Dan’s impressive skills were once again outstanding with his groundbreaking investigation into the retail chain Primark. The three-month investigation resulted in the high street retailer losing its ethical warrant.”

Andrew Norfolk, The Times
“Dogged investigation at its best. Years of unfashionable digging into lawyers ripping off miners in a huge scandal is finally paying off as a stream of solicitors are struck off.”

Gillian Tett, Financial Times
“Consistently in front of the curve as the world’s economy went into meltdown with clear sharply written stories.”

• International journalist of the year

Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani, Yemen
Former editor-in-chief, Al-Shoura, and a longstanding campaigner for the right to freedom of expression in Yemen

Anastasia Baburova, Russia
Journalist on the bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta who was shot dead in January as she left a press conference.

Haci Bogatekin, Turkey
Owner and editor of the local fortnightly Gerger Firat

Eynulla Fatullayev, Azerbaijan
An outspoken journalist, known for his staunch criticism of government policies and its tolerance toward press freedom violations

Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand, Iran
Former editor of Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan, a weekly that was closed by the authorities

Jestina Mukoko, Zimbabwe
Former programme presenter for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and then the privately-owned Voice of The People

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