Media Awards: Amnesty Media Awards

A JOURNALIST at the Daily Record was, earlier this week, named a winner at media awards run by the human rights organisation, Amnesty International.

Paul O’Hare took the Nations and Regions title for his series, Colombia: Caught in the Crossfire.

Now in its 23rd year, the awards – say the organisers – “recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to public awareness and understanding of human rights issues”.

In a media announcement released by Amnesty International, O’Hare is quoted, as saying: I’m absolutely delighted to win such a prestigious award and am grateful to Amnesty International for choosing my reports from amongst such strong competition. The long-standing conflict in Colombia continues to devastate lives and the plight of vulnerable citizens rightly deserves our urgent attention.

“I would like to thank the Scottish aid charity SCIAF who helped me in Colombia and whose work is helping to protect human and land rights every day. I would also like to thank my editors for giving me the time to go Colombia – it’s vital that the media continue to highlight human rights abuses to the public and those in power.”

The winners’ list reads:


Colombia – Caught in the crossfire

Paul O’Hare, Daily Record

JUDGES: Michael Beard, Mark Devenport, Joyce McMillan, Patrick Corrigan


Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’

Pete Pattisson, The Guardian

JUDGES: Stig Abell, Ursula Kenny, Sophie McBain, David Munk, Niall Couper


Investigation: detainee harassment at CampsfieldHouse

Redmond Traynor, The Oxford Student

JUDGES: Siobhan Sinnerton, Andrew Rawnsley, Dani Beckett


Who is Dayani Cristal?

Directors: Marc Silver, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pulse Films

JUDGES: Ade Adepitan, Naresh Puri, Cathy Scott-Clark, Naomi Westland


Dispatches: Children on the frontline; Unreported World: Dancing in the danger zone

Marcel Mettelsiefen, Channel 4

JUDGES: Dermot Murnaghan, Xan Rice, Jonathan Rugman, Mike Thomson, Harriet Garland

MAGAZINES (Supplements)

Displaced persons series

AA Gill, The Sunday Times Magazine

JUDGES: Bruno Bayley, Helen Joyce, Victoria Harper, Maggie Paterson

MAGAZINES (Consumer)

Hell is other people

Ed Caesar, GQ

JUDGES: Bruno Bayley, Helen Joyce, Victoria Harper, Maggie Paterson


Descent into Hell: Bloodshed in the Central African Republic

Marcus Bleasdale, Telegraph magazine

JUDGES: Shannon Jenson, Roger Tooth, Paul Conroy, Maggie Paterson


Escape from Sinai

Mike Thomson, BBC Radio 4 / BBC World Service

JUDGES: Anita Anand, Andrew Bailey, Flora Hunter, Philippa Thomas, Eulette Ewart


Bucharest’s King of the Sewers

Paraic O’Brien, Channel 4 News

JUDGES: Ben de Pear, Simon Torkington, Anna Jones, Eulette Ewart