Shortlisting for BBC Scotland in Amnesty International Media Awards

A BBC Scotland TV programme has been shortlisted in this year's Amnesty International UK‘s Media Awards.

An edition of ‘Europa’ – Bosnia Rape Cases – has been nominated in the Nations and Regions category of the awards which, says the charity “recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding of human rights issues”. 

Also shortlisted is former Scotsman writer, Dan McDougall. His Cries from the Beloved Country, for the Sunday Times magazine, has been shortlisted in the Magazine/Newspaper Supplements section.

The winners are to be announced at a ceremony at the British Film Institute on the 24th of this month. BBC Scotland and McDougall are each up against two rivals.

Shortlists have been announced in ten categories, covering print, broadcast and online journalism. Additionally, the Gaby Radio Memorial Award will be made to a journalist who has been covering human rights issues for less than five years and for the first time a student award will be made.

In a statement issued by Amnesty International, its UK media director, Mike Blakemore, is quoted, saying: “This year’s shortlist is amazingly strong, which is fantastic to see in our 20th anniversary year, and a clear sign that a culture of superlative human rights journalism is alive and well in this country.”

The shortlist reads:

Digital Media

Iraq War Logs – Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Middle East Protests – Guardian Live Blog

PakistanDrone Warfare – Channel 4

Gaby Radio Memorial Award

Bloody and Bruised in the Back of a Truck (and others) – The Guardian

Horror at the Hands of the Healers (and others) – Eastern Eye

Opium Babies (and others) – CNN

International Television & Radio

Assignment: Politics in Rwanda – BBC World Service

Hardtalk on the Road in Sri Lanka – BBC World Service

World’s Untold Stories: Locked up and Forgotten – CNN International

Magazines – Consumer

If This Girl was Raped by Soldiers … – Marie Claire

The Lost Boys – GQ Magazine

Magazine – Newspaper Supplements

Cries from the Beloved Country – The Sunday Times Magazine

Haiti: What Happened Next – The Observer: The New Review

Handle With Care, Guardian Weekend Magazine

National Newspaper

Deadly Lure of US Leaves Trail Across Two Continents – The Guardian

One Woman’s Silent Quest For Peace – The Independent

The Honour Killing Files – The Independent

Nations and Regions

Bloody Sunday, The Irish Times and The Belfast Telegraph

Europa: Bosnia Rape Cases – BBC Scotland

Gangmaster Firm in Fight for Licence – Southport Visiter/Southport News


If This Girl was Raped by Soldiers … – Marie Claire

Kenya’s Nubians: Then and Now – HOST Gallery

Miners Slave for Gold in Mud and Poison – The Sunday Times


Bagram Airbase – BBC Radio 4

File On 4: Domestic Slaves – BBC Radio 4

In the Wake of the LRA – BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Newsbeat in Pakistan – BBC Radio 1

Student Award

A Murky Business – The Cambridge Student

Kenyan Refugees: Robbed of What Little They Have – Felix: IC’s Weekly Student Newspaper

Sex Trafficking: A Family Affair – VERITA Magazine

Television Documentary and Docudrama

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan – More 4 True Stories

The Lost Girls of South Africa – Channel 4 Dispatches

Women, Weddings, War and Me – BBC3

Television News

Afghanistan: Taliban Stoning – BBC News

Investigating The Possibility of War Crimes in Sri Lanka – Channel 4 News

Reporting on Mass Rape in the Congo – Channel 4 News