Amnesty Media Awards 2021 – Winners

‘In a year when much of the world ground to a halt, thankfully the vital work of human rights journalism continued’ – Kate Allen

Amnesty International UK announced the winners for the 2021 Awards at an online awards ceremony on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

In a year when much of the rolling news was dominated by the pandemic, many of the winning pieces focussed on lesser known issues facing people and countries.

BBC Africa Eye won Best Broadcast News for its powerful investigation analysing phone footage and other open-source material relating to a huge pipeline explosion in “Lagos Inferno”.

Open-source investigation was also celebrated in the Radio and Podcasts category, in which Bellingcat was awarded for its investigation into distressing footage of the execution of women and children by soldiers in Cameroon.

The Guardian’s “Fashion’s Dirty Secret: How Sexual Assault Took Hold in Jeans Factories” revealed the abuse experienced by factory workers making Levi’s jeans in Lesotho and took top spot in the Best Features category.  BBC Storyville’s “Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge” won Best Documentary.

Winners in each category were announced earlier this evening by a number of high-profile journalists involved in judging this year’s awards, including Unreported World’s Seyi Rhodes, Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow, Sky News’ Alex Crawford OBE and BBC News’ Clive Myrie.

Viewers of the ceremony were encouraged to support an Amnesty campaign calling for action on behalf of biology students and LGBTI+ defenders Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür, who are facing trial over a peaceful protest at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said:

“The Amnesty Media Awards 2021 celebrate outstanding journalism in unprecedented times. In a year when much of the world ground to a halt, thankfully the vital work of human rights journalism continued – without which, the line-up of often harrowing and moving stories we have celebrated tonight would have gone untold.

We pay tribute to the inspiring bravery and dedication of journalists who continue to uncover wrongdoing, hold those in authority to account, and help create a fairer world.”

The Winners

Broadcast News

BBC Africa Eye: Lagos Inferno

Written News

Middle East Eye: The Killing Fields of Libya’s Tarhuna


The Guardian: Fashion’s dirty secret: how sexual assault took hold in jeans factories

Regional Media

BBC Radio Foyle: Special reports on domestic abuse in lockdown


BBC News Arabic Documentaries: Undercover in the Schools that Chain Boys

Radio & Podcasts

Novel: The Bellingcat Podcast, Series 2


Smita Sharma, National Geographic Magazine: Stolen Lives


BBC Storyville: Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge

Gaby Rado Award for New Journalist

Nellie Peyton, Thomson Reuters Foundation & Robert Flummerfelt, The New Humanitarian: Over 50 women accuse Ebola aid workers of sex abuse in Congo

Student Journalist

Nimra Shahid, City, University of London: Cummings recruit sacked after suggesting police use ‘live rounds’ on BLM protesters

Best Use of Digital Media

AJ Contrast / Al Jazeera Digital: Living in the Unknown