Shortlist Announced for Scottish Refugee Week Media Awards

The story of a ten year-old immigrant who faces deportation is among the nominees in this year's Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards.

Precious Ghabo became a cause celebre after her case was highlighted by, among others, Rebecca Gray in the Evening Times, showing the trauma being suffered by the girl's friends and family.

The awards, which celebrate the best of Scotland’s reporting and photojournalism on asylum seekers, will be held a fortnight on Friday at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.

The shortlist has just been announced. 

Other entries include Billy Briggs’ article on a tortured Sudanese boy 'trapped' in the Scottish asylum system and Annie Brown’s Daily Record piece about an emotional reunion between a father and daughter who fled Eritrea.

Say the organisers – the British Red Cross with support from the NUJ, United Nations Refugee Agency, Oxfam Scotland and the Exiled Journalists’ Network – the standards have been so high it has been necessary to split the national print category into news and features separately.

The awards are part of Refugee Week Scotland, an initiative organised by the British Red Cross to highlight the issues affecting asylum seekers in Scotland and beyond.

The shortlist is as follows:


Angela Catlin, ‘In Sudan the army shot you one time…’, published in the Herald magazine, 25/06/10

Chris Clark, ‘Sanctuary City’, published in the Big Issue Scotland, 14/06/10

Robert Ormerod, ‘The final curtain’, published in the Sunday Times Spectrum Magazine, 06/03/11

Local print

Julie Gilbert, ‘Kingsway – 10 years of sanctuary’, published in Clydebank Post, 05/05/10

Stewart Patterson and Jasper Hamill, ‘Taking over the asylum’, published in Evening Times, 11/11/10

Rebecca Gray, ‘We're back to school without our Precious pal’ published in Evening Times, 25/08/10

National print – Features

Adam Forrest, ‘Sanctuary city’, published in the Big Issue Scotland, 14/06/10

Billy Briggs, ‘In Sudan the army shot you one time…’ published in the Herald magazine, 25/06/10

National print – News

Paula Murray, ‘Scotland doesn't lock up asylum seeker children…’ published in Scottish Sunday Express, 13/06/10

Gareth Rose, ‘Last week: “No more asylum children locked up”, This week: Baby girl, 8 months, held at Dungavel’, published in The Scotsman, 18/05/10

Annie Brown, ‘She’s alive’, published in the Daily Record, 30/08/10


Neal Parsons, ‘Marlene – one girl's story’, Young Scot podcast

Nyakio Ngungu and Grace Kitenge, Kim and Grace Show, Radio Kilimanjaro