Four Scots entries shortlisted in Amnesty Media Awards competition

FOUR Scots entries have made it into the shortlist of annual UK media awards run by human rights organisation, Amnesty International.

Now in their 21st year, the UK-wide Amnesty Media Awards comprise several categories across the likes of TV and photo-journalism, plus the Gaby Radio Memorial Award which is made to a journalist who has been covering human rights issues for less than five years.

The Journalist of the Year at last week’s Scottish Press Awards, David Pratt, receives two nominations, both in the Nations and Regions category. The Herald/Sunday Herald foreign editor is up against only one other shortlisted entry.

Meanwhile, Stirling University’s Boel Marcks Von Wurtemberg is shortlisted in the Student category, as is Amy Mackinnon, from Glasgow University newspaper, the Glasgow Guadian.

And though not a Scots entry, well-known Scottish journalist, Callum Macrae, is among the Channel 4 team to receive a nomination in the documentary section.

The winners will be announced on the 29th of next month.

The awards “recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding of human rights issues”.

In a statement issued by Amnesty, Scotland  director, Shabnum Mustapha, is quoted, as saying: “There are some amazingly strong entries in this year’s awards including four from Scotland.

“It’s been interesting to see how the protests in the Middle East and North Africa have been reflected in the entries, but also fascinating to see such a breadth of topics covered.

“The important thing is that these awards both reflect and to some extent nurture high-quality human rights journalism. This year’s impressive shortlist continues that tradition.”

The shortlist reads:


Deaths in Custody: A Case to Answer, Bureau of Investigative Journalism – Dan Bell, Iain Overton, Stuart Griffiths, Charlie Mole, Rachel Oldroyd, Angus Stickler

The Execution of Troy Davis, Guardian – Ed Pilkington, Guardian Digital Team

Voices from Dark Places: Exposing the Crimes of the Assad Regime, Al Jazeera – Annasofie Flamand, Hugh Macleod


Horror in Homs, Channel 4 News – ‘Mani’

Midnight’s Children; Kenya is on the Brink of its own Disaster; ‘Bridenapping’: A Growing Hidden Crime, Independent on Sunday – Emily Dugan

Nigeria: Sex, Lies and Black Magic; Uganda’s Miracle Babies; Honduras: Diving into Danger, Channel 4 Unreported World – Jenny Kleeman


Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark, Al Jazeera – May Ying Welsh, Jon Blair

Assignment: Blasphemy: A Matter of Life and Death, BBC World Service – Caroline Finnigan, Bridget Harney, Jill McGivering, Bushra Taskeen

Death in the Desert: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary, CNN – Sheri England, Mohamed Fahmy, Tim Lister, Earl Nurse, Frederik Pleitgen


Nature’s Defenders, New Internationalist – Vanessa Baird

The Art Issue: Art or Vandalism?; Russia’s Robin Hood; China’s New Deal, Index On Censorship – Yasmine El Rashidi, Nick Sturdee, Simon Kirby (respectively)


The Rape of Men, Observer Magazine – Will Storr

1000,000 Ghosts of Baghdad, Mail on Sunday Live Magazine – Evan Williams


In Europe’s last Dictatorship all Opposition is Mercilessly Crushed; ‘My Husband Phoned to Say he was Going to the Sauna … We Never Saw Him Again’; RBS Helped Bankroll Europe’s Last Dictatorship, Independent – Jerome Taylor

Investigation into Undercover Policing of Protest, Guardian – Paul Lewis, Rob Evans

We Live in Fear of a Massacre, Sunday Times – Marie Colvin


Gaddafi’s Secret Policemen Came to Talk to Me, Sunday Herald – David Pratt

Torso in the Thames, ITN for ITV London Tonight – Ronke Phillips, Faye Nickolds

Women of the World’s Slums, Sunday Herald – David Pratt


A Place to Stay – Dale Farm, Times – Mary Turner

Human Rights Abuses in Egypt, NUJ Egyptian revolution exhibition – Lewis Whyld


Afghanistan: Counting the Cost, BBC Radio 4 Today and The World Tonight – Nina Manwaring, Ceri Thomas, Mike Thomson

Victoria Derbyshire in Guantánamo Bay, BBC Radio 5 Live – Louisa Compton, Victoria Derbyshire, Rob Halon


The Curious Case of John Oguchuckwu, Glasgow Guardian – Amy Mackinnon

Democracy Criminalised in East Jerusalem, Brig Newspaper (Stirling University’s Online Student Voice) – Boel Marcks Von Wurtemberg

Living in Exile, Life 360: Cardiff University’s International Journalism Magazine – Paul Dharamraj


Enemies of the People (Voices from The Killing Fields), More 4 – Rob Lemkin, Stefan Ronowicz, Thet Sambath

Give up Tomorrow, BBC4 Storyville – Michael Collins, Nick Fraser, Eric Daniel Metzgar, Marty Syjuco

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, ITN Productions for Channel 4 – Callum Macrae, Chris Shaw, Jon Snow


Battle for Misrata, ITV News – John Irvine, Arti Lukha, Sean Swan, Tim Singleton, Deborah Turness

Horror in Homs, Channel 4 News – Agnieszka Liggett, “Mani”, Jonathan Miller, Nevine Mabro, Teresa Smith

Undercover in Homs, BBC Newsnight – Amanda Gunn, Sue Lloyd Roberts