Amnesty International UK Media Awards finalists and host announced

Finalists span 10 award categories celebrating exceptional human rights journalism over the past year

BBC presenter Maryam Moshiri will host the ceremony in London on April 26  

Amnesty International UK has announced the full list of finalists for the 2023 Amnesty Media Awards.  

The 10 awards categories celebrate excellence in human rights journalism over the past year and applaud the courage and determination of journalists who have shone a light on human rights issues in their work – often putting their lives at risk in doing so.  

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday April 26, 2023.  The ceremony, held at Amnesty’s Human Rights Action Centre, will be hosted by journalist and BBC presenter Maryam Moshiri. 

Maryam has been a presenter on the BBC’s World News channel for almost four years, where she has presented many of the flagship programmes, including Outside Source, The Context, Impact, Global and Newsday.  

Maryam has reported on some of the biggest stories of the past two decades – from the impact of the 9/11 attacks to the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine. She was recently announced as being one of five chief presenters to make a new line-up on the BBC’s News Channel, which will launch next month.

The Media Awards judging panels are made up of high-profile UK journalists, past award winners and Amnesty representatives. 

The finalists: 


  • BBC News Arabic

Under Poisoned Skies 

  • DM Productions for ITV’s Exposure

The Crossing 

  • BBC Eye  

Finding My Torturer 

  • 1843 magazine, The Economist 

“The family secret”: How rape is hushed up in Britain’s armed forces 



  • BBC Online 

Greenland’s Lost Generation 

  • Al Jazeera 

“Walking reminders of atrocities” 

  • The Guardian 

“If you decide to cut staff, people die”: how Nottingham prison descended into chaos 

  • The Sunday Times Magazine 

“I made a mistake. Why should my son pay?” 


The Gaby Rado Award for New Journalist 

  • Liz Cookman 

The Sunday Times 

  • Ghoncheh Habibiazad 

The Guardian 

  • Hugh Kinsella Cunningham 

The Women’s Peace Movement in Congo 

  • Elisabeth Mahase 

The BMJ 


Student Journalist 

  • Alexander Tuck Meng Sampson 

University of Bristol 

  • Maximilian Jenz 

University of Sheffield 

  • Sarah Green 

City, University of London 

  • Tane Rogers-Eirug 

Cardiff University 


Radio & Podcasts 

  • RTÉ  

RTÉ Documentary On One: Blackrock Boys 

  • BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service Radio & BBC Sounds 

The Man Who Came Back from the Dead 

  • Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4 

Please Protect Abraham 

  • BBC Radio 4 & BBC Sounds 

Isobel’s Story 


Broadcast News 

  • ITV News 


  • Sky News 

Life and death in Afghanistan’s poorest province 

  • ITV News  

Bucha War Crimes Investigation 

  • Channel 4 News  

Ukraine Frontline Rescuers 


Best Use of Digital Media 

  • BBC Online 

The Faces From China’s Uyghur Detention Camps 

  • BBC News Africa 

Tunisia’s Ben Ali: The Dictator’s Last Calls 

  • The Guardian 

Ukraine destruction: how the Guardian documented Russia’s use of illegal weapons and crimes against civilians 

  • CNN 

How Iran’s security forces use rape to quell protests 


Written News 

  • The Independent 

The horrors of Bucha: mass graves, bodies ‘left to rot in bags like rubbish’ and the 89-year-old shot dead in bed 

  • BBC Online 

Haiti: Inside the capital city taken hostage by the brutal gangs 

  • The Guardian  

Iranian forces shooting at faces and genitals of female protesters 

  • BBC Online 

Collecting the Dead in Bucha 



  • Hugh Kinsella Cunningham 

The Women’s Peace Movement in Congo 

  • Alessio Mamo 

Crimes against civilians: documenting the scale of abuse in Ukraine 

  • Mads Nissen 

Sangre Blanca – The Lost War on Cocaine 

  • Tommy Trenchard 

Lethal Legacy – Angola’s decades-long struggle with landmines 


Nations and Regions                                                

  • UTV 

Home Terror 

  • The Detail 

PSNI strip searching of under-18s ‘deeply shocking’ 

  • BBC Scotland 

Locked in the Hospital 

  • BBC Northern Ireland 

Police, WhatsApp & Whistleblowers

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