Herald Magazine article leads the way in refugee media awards

AN article in The Herald magazine has taken one of the top honours at a competition recognising the Scottish media’s role in highlighting asylum and refugee-related issues.

At a ceremony on Friday evening, Billy Briggs’ ‘You would have thought we were armed robbers’ was chosen as winner of the national print category of this year’s Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards, now in their fifth year.

Runner-up was The Scotsman’s Michael Howie.

Said awards co-ordinator, Jason Bergen of Oxfam Scotland: “Scottish journalists continue to raise the bar across the United Kingdom when it comes to reporting refugee issues, and we have seen a distinct improvement in reporting over recent years.

“However, it is important that the quality of reporting remains high and that is what we are encouraging with these awards.”

The winners:

National print 

Winner: Billy Briggs – The Herald Magazine
‘You would have thought we were armed robbers’

Runner-up: Michael Howie – The Scotsman
‘They are sending me to my death’

Local print

Winner: Sheila Hamilton – Evening Times
‘Great grannies’

Runner-up: Sufyan Rashid – Glasgow News
‘Asylum seeking my experience’


Winner: Angela Catlin – Sunday Herald Magazine

Runner-up: Neil Hanna – The Scotsman
‘They are sending me to my death’


Winner: Anna Jones, Noe Mendelle and Nick Higgins – Landsdowne Productions, broadcast on BBC
‘The right to asylum’

Runner-up: Sharon Frew – STV
‘Alternatives to detention’