Amnesty International has announced the shortlists for its annual media awards.

The awards, designed to recognise 'excellence in human rights reporting', feature ten categories spread across print, broadcast and online journalism.

The final winners for 2009 will be announced on Tuesday June 2, at a ceremony hosted by the broadcaster Mishal Husain at the British Film Institute.

An additional award will also be made on the night: the Amnesty International Special Award for Journalism Under Threat, to be awarded to a foreign journalist.

The shortlists:

Gaby Rado Memorial Award
  • Aleem Maqbool, BBC News
  • Ramita Navai, Channel 4 / Quicksilver Media / More4 News / ITN
  • Thomas Bell, The Daily Telegraph
Judges: Mike Blakemore, Libby Brooks, Andrew Macdonald, Tom Rado, Jon Snow

International Television & Radio
  • Assignment: Africa’s Guantánamo, BBC World Service: David Edmonds, Jeremy Skeet, Rob Walker
  • Outlook: Dr Abuelaish, BBC World Service: Deiniol Buxton, Gavin Poncia, Simon Tillotson, Lucy Ash
  • World's Untold Stories: The Forgotten People, CNN: Dan Rivers, Mary Rogers
Judges: Anita Anand, Dorothy Byrne, Susanna Flood, Naresh Puri, Tim Singleton

Nations & Regions
  • Eòrpa, BBC Scotland: Hedda MacLeod, Catriona MacKinnon, Colin MacLeod, Annie Cheape, Iain Macinnes, Darren Laing, Alasdair Fraser
  • The Fight for Justice, The Herald Magazine: Lucy Adams
  • Spotlight: Prisoner B2970, BBC Belfast: Darragh MacIntyre, Paul Lindsay, Gwyneth Jones
Judges: Patrick Corrigan, William Crawley, Jenifer Johnston, Tomos Livingstone, Jon Manel

National Newspapers
  • Britain's New Resistance Fighters: How Neighbours are Uniting to Save Asylum Seekers from Deportation, Guardian G2: Rachel Stevenson, Harriet Grant
  • Israel's Rain of Fire on Gaza, The Times: Sheera Frenkel, Michael Evans
  • MI5 and the Torture Chambers of Pakistan, the Guardian: Ian Cobain
Judges: Jack Doyle, Sarfraz Manzoor, Maggie Paterson, Alison Philips, Julie Tomlin

New media

  • A Day In The Life: Afghanistan, Sky News Online: Alex Crawford, Hugh Westbrook, Stuart Ramsay
  • Kenya: The Cry of Blood - Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances, Wikileaks: Julian Assange
  • Kenyan, Burnt Out, Displaced And Forgotten, duckrabbit: Benjamin Chesterton, Dolphine Emali, Yasuyoshi Chiba, Eliza Barclay
Judges: Sara Ashton, Peter Barron, Sunny Hundal, Martha Lane Fox, Danielle Long

Periodicals - consumer magazines
  • The 'No Place for Children' campaign, New Statesman: Sir Al Aynsley Green, Gillian Slovo
  • 'Crisis In Gaza: The Conflict Within Hamas' and 'The Killings, Shootings and Checkpoints are our Children's Curriculum', New Statesman: Edward Platt
  • Was it like this for the Irish? London Review of Books: Gareth Peirce
Judges: Jeremy Dear, Maggie Paterson, John Mulholland, Anne Penketh, Sigrid Rausing

Periodicals - newspaper supplements
  • The Dirty Secrets of Your NHS, Live Magazine (Mail on Sunday): Jonathan Green
  • The Hell Of Being An Asylum Seeker, the Observer Magazine: Mark Haddon
  • Why do the Italians Hate Us? the Observer Magazine: Dan McDougall
Judges: Jeremy Dear, Maggie Paterson, John Mulholland, Anne Penketh, Sigrid Rausing

  • Gaza Aftermath, Associated Press, Lefteris Pitarakis
  • No One Much Cares, Newsweek, Eugene Richards
  • Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery, Foto 8, Jim Goldberg
Judges: Simon Bainbridge, Sophie Batterbury, Camilla Brown, Maggie Paterson, Carlos Reyes-Manzo


  • Forgotten: The Central African Republic, BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme: Edward Main, Ceri Thomas, Mike Thomson
  • Gay in JA; The Catch Up, BBC Radio 1 - Newsbeat & 1Xtra News / Somethin’ Else: Joby Waldman, Debbie Ramsay  
  • Liberia: Children for Sale, BBC Radio 4 - Crossing Continents: Bill Law, Maria Balinska, Nadene Ghouri
Judges: Jane Anderson, Mike Blakemore, Ian Collins, Anna Doble, Alan Johnston

Television documentary and docu-drama
  • Panorama: China's Secret War, BBC: Robin Barnwell, Sandy Smith, Hilary Andersson
  • Dispatches: Saving Africa’s Witch Children, Channel 4 / Red Rebel Films / Southern Star Factual: Mags Gavan, Joost Van der Valk, Alice Keens-Soper, Paul Woolwich
  • The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Channel 4 / TalkbackThames: Barney Reisz, Rowan Joffe
Judges: Mike Blakemore, Clemency Burton-Hill, Cait Fitzsimons, Tim Marshall, Hugh Williamson

Television news
  • Ethiopian government accused of downplaying scale of drought, Channel 4 News / ITN: Nick Sturde, Jamal Osman, Jonathan Rugman
  • Kiwanja Massacre: Congo, Channel 4 News / ITN: Ben De Pear, Jonathan Miller, Stuart Webb, Robert Chamwami
  • What Happened in Jabaliya, BBC News: Christian Fraser, Robbie Wright, Hamada Abu Qammar, Rushdi Abu Alouf, Youssef Shomali
Judges: Mike Blakemore, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Caroline Hurford, Ben Rayner, Julian Worricker

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