Paul Foot Award winners announced

THE PAUL FOOT AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE AND CAMPAIGNING JOURNALISM 2014

Tuesday 24 February 2015:  Ian Hislop, editor, Private Eye, told a shocked audience at a prestigious awards ceremony at Bafta tonight: “The Winner of the Paul Foot Award for Journalism 2014 is…Qatar.”  He added: “The decision to award this prestigious prize to a small Middle-eastern State may have surprised some observers, but the voting procedure was entirely honest and transparent.”  He concluded: “I have just been handed an envelope which has made me reconsider this decision and I am delighted to announce the winner is now…Saudi Arabia.”

ACTUAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The winners of the tenth Paul Foot Award were announced tonight.  This year’s entries were of such a high standard that the judges decided to award TWO outstanding campaigns… 

…THE PAUL FOOT AWARD 2014 JOINT WINNERS ARE:

Sunday Times – Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake

Campaign: The FIFA Files

Private Eye – Richard Brooks and Andrew Bousfield

Campaign: Shady Arabia and the Desert Fix

 The other finalists, in alphabetical order by publication are:

  • Richard Pendlebury, Daily Mail Migrant Lives
  • Claire Newell, Holly Watt, Claire Duffin and Ben Bryant, Daily Telegraph Qatar 2022 World Cup Bid
  • George Monbiot, The GuardianHow farmers caused the floods
  • Mark Townsend, The ObserverSexual abuse of women at Yarl’s Wood 
  • Dominic Ponsford and William Turvill, Press Gazette – Save Our Sources

Each winning campaign was awarded £3,000.  The other 5 shortlisted campaigns each received £1,000.

Set up by Private Eye and The Guardian in memory of the campaigning journalist Paul Foot, the Award has celebrated 10 years of brilliant investigative and campaigning journalism.

Since its launch, the Award has acknowledged the tenacity, diligence and excellent reporting of some of the best journalists working in the UK today.

Further details on all the finalists is available at: www.private-eye.co.uk/paul_foot.php.

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