Index on Censorship awards
This year’s winners of the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards were named in London last week.
The Sunday Leader received the journalism award. Its editor Lasanthe Wickrematunge was murdered earlier this year, shortly after publishing an opinion piece in which he predicted his death.
The award winners were selected in five categories: books, films, journalism, new media and law and campaigning.
Mind Journalist of the Year
The prize, which honours excellence in covering mental health issues, will form part of the charity’s annual Mind week in May.
The winner of journalism award will be named together with winners of the Student Journalist, Book of the Year and Champion of the Year awards on May 14.
The journalism nominees include: Patrick Cockburn from the Independent, Toby Wiseman of Men’s Health and Eleanor Harding from the Wandsworth Guardian.
Paul Foot Award re-opens
And last but not least, this year’s Paul Foot Award is open for entries for its fifth year.
Sponsored by Private Eye and The Guardian, the prize rewards investigative or campaigning journalism in the UK.
Entries to the award written by individuals or teams of journalists must be submitted by September 1. To be eligible, material must have been published either in a newspaper, magazine or online between September 1 2008 and August 31 2009.
The prize money this year is going up to £10,000 (from £5,000) for the winner, with £1,000 each for the runners-up.