Amnesty International UK /


You are here: Home > News & events > Media Awards

Sign up to our e-newsletter

Media Awards 2012

Celebrating the best of human rights journalism

The Amnesty International Media Awards were established in 1992 to recognise and celebrate the best in human rights journalism.

These awards recognise the breadth and quality of human rights reporting across the media.

Over the past two decades the awards have grown in prestige, recognising excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledging journalism's significant contribution to the public awareness of human rights issues.

The 11 categories recognise newspaper, magazine, radio, TV, digital and student journalism. Each is judged by an independent panel.

Winners of the 2012 Media Awards

This year's Media Awards were held at the BFI on Tuesday 29 May 2012.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition, and congratulations to all those shortlisted - especially the winners, listed below.


Sri Lanka's Killing Fields
ITN Productions for Channel 4
Callum Macrae , Chris Shaw, Jon Snow


Judged by John Amaechi, Mike Blakemore, Clemency Burton-Hill, Alison Rooper, Kim Sengupta

Digital media

Deaths in custody: a case to answer
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Dan Bell, Iain Overton, Angus Stickler, Charlie Mole


Judged by Anna Doble, Wesley Johnson, Sam Strudwick, Jody Thompson

Gaby Rado Memorial Award

Horror in Homs
Channel 4 News


Judged by Mike Blakemore, Janet Murray, Louis Rado, Ritula Shah, Jon Snow

International TV and Radio

Bahrain: shouting in the dark
Al Jazeera English
Jon Blair, May Ying Welsh 


Judged by  Jane Corbin, Mark Galloway, Flora Hunter, Sean Ryan, Thomas Schultz-Jagow

Magazines: Consumer

Nature's defenders
New Internationalist
Vanessa Baird


Judged by Richard Horton, Maggie Paterson, Rod Stanley, Emma Tucker, Jenny Wood

Magazines: Newspaper supplements

The rape of men
Observer magazine
Will Storr


Judged by Richard Horton, Maggie Paterson, Rod Stanley, Emma Tucker, Jenny Wood

National Newspapers

We live in fear of a massacre
The Sunday Times
Marie Colvin


Judged by Jemima Khan, Iain Overton, Maggie Paterson, Michelle Stanistreet, Joel Taylor

Nations and Regions

Torso in the Thames
ITV London Tonight
Ronke Phillips, Faye Nickolds


Judged by David Cornock, Helena Drakakis, Mike Gilson, Shabnum Mustapha, Naresh Puri


A place to stay - Dale Farm
The Times
Mary Turner


Judged by Stuart Freedman, Colin Jacobson, Jenny Matthews, Maggie Paterson, Kelly Preedy


Victoria Derbyshire in Guantanamo Bay
BBC Radio 5 live
Victoria Derbyshire, Louisa Compton


Judged by Jane Anderson, Mike Blakemore, Henry Bonsu, Mariella Frostru

TV News

Undercover in Homs
BBC Newsnight
Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Amanda Gunn


Judged by Mike Blakemore, Lyse Doucet, Julie Etchingham, Tim Miller, Mike Radford


The curious case of John Oguchuckwu
The Glasgow Guardian
Amy Mackinnon


Judged by Nes Cazimoglu, Sean Coughlan, Guy Gunaratne, Hannah Livingstone, Sophie Mei Lan, Yasser Ranjha, Hannah Shaw

Media awards 2011

The judging process


(above) The 2012 winners with their awards

Judges for the awards are selected from the media, arts and entertainment industries, NGO sector, academia and the legal profession. Senior staff at Amnesty International also take part in the judging but have no casting vote or additional influence over the choice of winners.

In selecting the winning entries, judges consider the following criteria:

  • quality of writing, filming or photography;
  • currency or news value;
  • accessibility or appropriateness for the target audience;
  • exposure of human rights abuses or bringing them to a new audience;
  • carrying forward the debate on human rights or highlighting new or emerging issue.


Further information and queries
If you have any queries, wish to contact us or require any further information please email or call 020 7033 1544.

Nations and Regions award contacts

Shabnum Mustapha 0131 718 6687

Northern Ireland
Grainne Teggart 0792 804 2315

Alison Willis 020 7033 1544  


We are grateful to all those who have contributed to the 2012 media awards:

  • BFI
  • Everything Corporate
  • Bellotheque
  • Locomotion
  • UBC Media Group
  • Communisis
  • Ballistic
  • Mark Oglesby