The winners of the 2021 Amnesty International Media Awards were announced this evening in an online ceremony hosted by media personality Julia Zemiro.
The awards recognise the best work by Australian media professionals in highlighting human rights abuses.
“In Australia we pride ourselves on the role of the free press in our society, indeed some of the most significant social and political events this year have been precipitated by the reporting of Australian journalists,” Amnesty International Australia National Director, Sam Klintworth, said.
“Tonight has been an opportunity for us to acknowledge and recognise the work of journalists in Australia to uncover human rights issues, which again they have done in remarkable ways throughout 2021.”
Winner: ‘They Don’t Understand the Fear We Have’: Badiucao, Human Rights Watch.
‘Juukan Gorge’: David Pope, The Canberra Times;
‘Barred From Coming Home’: Jessica Harwood, Self-published.
Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald
Fiona Katauskas, Freelance
Jon Kudelka, The Saturday Paper
Indigenous Issues Reporting
Winner: ‘Taken – Living Black’: Karla Grant, Julie Nimmo, Mark Bannerman & Susan Bell, NITV.
‘Abuse of Power: Sexual Abuse Allegations in Youth Detention’: Reporter Michael Atkin with Production by Scott Kyle, Christopher Gillette, Tom Pawson & David McSween, ABC, 7.30 and ABC News Online;
‘Aboriginal Justice Agreement’: Laetitia Lemke, Michael Franchi with support from ABC News NT’s John McElhinney, Sara Everingham, Jessica Henderson & Donna McDonald, ABC Online.
Jodan Perry, NITV
Larissa Behrendt, ABC Radio – Speaking Out
Miriam Corowa, ABC News 24’s Weekend Breakfast
Winner: ‘The $5 Forest’: 101 East, Al Jazeera.
‘In the Witness Box’: Elise Kinsella, Ben Knight, Joanna McCarthy, ABC;
‘Death or Deliverance: detention’s cruel line’: Ben Doherty, The Guardian.
Charis Chang, news.com.au
Josh Butler, The New Daily
Lisa Davies, The Sydney Morning Herald
Winner: ‘The Wait’: Mozhgan Moarefizadeh, Nicole Curby, Michael Green, Bec Fary & Miles Martignoni , The Guardian – Full Story.
‘Her Name was Mhelody Bruno’: Elise Kinsella & Andy Burns, ABC – Background Briefing and Regional Investigations;
‘Afghanistan Interviews’: Sally Sara, ABC Radio – The World Today.
Martin Walters, 2Ser
Alexandra Barwick, ABC Radio Alice Springs
Winner: ‘The Australian-born Children the Government Wants to Deport Because They Have a Disability’: Jessica Longbottom, ABC.
‘Kabul Guards’: Lucy Murray, SBS – World News;
‘State of Fear: Inside Myanmar’s Crackdown’: Ali Fowle and the 101 East Team, Al Jazeera English.
Stela Todorovic, 10News
Fauziah Ibrahim, ABC News Breakfast
Lindy Kerin, NITV