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Amnesty International Media Awards celebrate excellence in human rights journalism and applaud the courage and determination of journalists and editors who put their lives on the line to tell important human rights stories.


Amnesty Media Awards 2019 Winners

The winners of the Amnesty Media Awards 2019 were announced at a ceremony in Bafta on Wednesday 3 April. Please click here for a press release announcing the winners.

The 2019 Finalists:


  • Elle UK & Fuller Project – My Husband Sold Me To A Brothel; The Warriors
  • The Observer & The Guardian – El Salvador’s Gangs Prepare a Deadly Homecoming for Women deported in US Crackdown
  • BBC Three – How Debt Kills

News (Broadcast)

  • Sky News – Yemen
  • BBC News at Ten – Mexico’s Drug Wars
  • Channel 4 News (Pacha Films) – Riding the Death Train to the US


  • BBC Two (Blakeway Productions) – Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters
  • BBC Two – Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess
  • ITV (Clover Films) – Prisons Uncovered: Out of Control?


  • BBC VR Hub & Anagram – Make Noise
  • Broadly & Paladin, Vice Media – Unfollow Me
  • Al Jazeera English – Lost Childhoods: Nigeria’s fear of ‘witchcraft’ ruins young lives

News (Written Word)

  • Louise Callaghan, The Sunday Times – The little girl whose agony set the West on path to war
  • Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday – Scandal of Autistic Youngsters
  • Richard Hall, The Independent – A Mass Grave in Raqqa reveals horror of City’s final battle

Regional Media

  • BBC Scotland, BBC Disclosure – Dead in Police Custody
  • BBC Northern Ireland – Spotlight: Buried Secrets
  • The Ferret – Lives on hold: Homeless Investigation


  • The Guardian -The Children of Windrush
  • Reuters – Myanmar Burning
  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – Dying Homeless

Student Journalist

  • Anders Palm Olesen – Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Jessie Williams – City, University of London
  • Claisse Opulencia – Canterbury Christ Church University

Radio & Podcasts

  • BBC Radio 4 (Falling Tree Productions) – Lights Out: A Sense of Quietness
  • BBC Radio 4, File on 4 – Lost Children of Marianvale
  • BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Newsbeat – Inside the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

The Gaby Rado Award for New Journalist

  • Nadine White – HuffPost UK
  • Joe Wallen – The Daily Telegraph
  • Areeb Ullah – Middle East Eye


  • Dimitri Beliakov (The Sunday Times) – Mired in squalor but still voting for Putin
  • Giles Duley (Humanity Magazine) – We are here because we are strong
  • Robin Hammond (The Guardian) – Rohingya Refugees on the trauma they carry

View previous winners


If you have any queries in relation to entering the Media Awards, please email or call 01453 872731. For any other queries about Amnesty International and their work, please contact:

England & Wales

Ella Berny
020 7033 1548


Pauline Kelly
0131 357 8584

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Patrick Corrigan
0289 064 3000

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