Celebrating the best of human rights journalism
The Amnesty International Media Awards were established in 1992 to recognise the best in human rights journalism.
They celebrate the breadth and quality of human rights reporting across the media - including broadcast, digital and print.
Over the past two decades the awards have grown in prestige, recognising excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledging journalism's significant contribution to raising public awareness of human rights issues.
There are 11 categories in the awards, recognising newspaper, magazine, radio, TV, digital and student journalism. Each is judged by an independent panel.
All photos taken by Giovanna Del Sarto
The winners of the 2013 Media Awards were announced on 12 June at a ceremony hosted by BBC News presenter Philippa Thomas at the British Film Institute in central London.
- Anthony Loyd (Times) in the National Newspapers category for his coverage of the Syria crisis
- Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone (Guardian Weekend) in the Magazines (newspaper supplements) category for their article on Neville Husband's abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre
- Ronke Phillips (ITV News London) in Nations and Regions for her report on witchcraft from Congo to London
- Ai Weiwei and Cheng Yizhong (New Statesman) in the Magazines (consumer) category for their issue of the New Statesman
How the judges decideJudges 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, the judges take into account:
- quality of writing, filming or photography and depth and quality of research
- currency or news value
- accessibility or appropriateness for the target audience
- exposure of human rights abuses or how the story was brought to a new audience
- whether and how the debate on human rights is carried forward or new and emerging issues highlighted
- whether and how victims are given a voice and human stories behind the headlines are brought to the fore
- innovation and creativity in getting the message across
- commitment to a long running human rights issue
- impact of the piece on the audience, government or other influential bodies
Further information and queries
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