The winners of Amnesty International UK’s prestigious Media Awards 2018 were announced at a ceremony in London on 28 March.
Reuters received the Outstanding Impact Award for its investigation series on Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, impressing the judges with brave reporting that provided key evidence in the campaign against the killings.
Other winners in the 11 award categories included HuffPost UK, Sky News, BBC World Service, The Guardian and ITV News. There were also awards for photojournalist Robin Hammond for his series on mental health patients in Croatia, and BBC journalist Nawal Al-Maghafi, for her reports from Yemen.
The Awards, which have now been running for 27 years, celebrate excellence in human rights journalism and applaud the courage and determination of journalists who often put their lives on the line to report on vital human rights issues.
The ceremony was held at Bafta in central London, and was hosted by journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman.
During the ceremony, there was a moment of reflection for the more than 120 journalists and other media workers currently imprisoned in Turkey as part of the crackdown on civil society in the country since the attempted coup in July 2016.
“This evening we’ve seen some outstanding journalism that has shown what fantastic things can be achieved when media exposes wrong-doing, holds leaders to account, and inspires us to take action. At a time when countries like Turkey are silencing many of their journalists, there’s a pressing need to champion the important work of the free media. At Amnesty, we’re extremely proud to work with many journalists who are committed to exposing human rights abuses and changing things for the better. Our Media Awards are a thanks to them.”