The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman Scoops Private Eye Paul Foot Award



FOR “Windrush” Generation CAMPAIGN

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism has been awarded to AMELIA GENTLEMAN, THE GUARDIAN for her Long-term UK residents classed as illegal immigrants campaign.  Her investigation centred on tightened immigration regulations and the catastrophic consequences for a group of elderly Commonwealth-born citizens who were told they were illegal immigrants, despite having lived in the UK for around 50 years – but with no formal paperwork to prove it.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye, said: “Congratulations to Amelia Gentleman for a campaign that was revelatory, important and amazingly effective. This was the Windrush Scandal – where a cabinet minister was thrown overboard and the ship of state nearly sank.”

The award was set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, to honour the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today.     The other finalists for the 2018 award, listed in alphabetical order, were:

  • Gordon Blackstock, Sunday Post: Hundreds of orphans buried in mass grave
  • Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer: The Cambridge Analytica files
  • Madison Marriage, Financial Times: Men only: inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses were put on show
  • Sean O’Neill, The Times: Oxfam sex scandal cover-up
  • Investigations team, BuzzFeed: From Russia with blood

In addition The Young Journalist Award was given to LONDON STUDENT duo BEN VAN DER MERWE and EMMA YEOMANS for their Toby Young and UCL’s secret eugenics conference investigation, which was jointly published in Private Eye.

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “It was difficult to pick a winner out of so many extremely high-quality entries for this year’s award. The judges were impressed by the tenacity of Amelia Gentleman’s work, her determination to tell the stories of the victims of the government’s hostile environment policy, and the enormous impact her work had, proving that good reporting really can make a difference. Congratulations to Amelia and all the shortlisted reporters.  Journalism is in safe hands, not least those of the team at London Student, who made national news with their excellent reporting on dubious conferences at UCL.”

This year’s judging panel, chaired by Padraig Reidy, Little Atoms, comprised Julia Langdon, Political Journalist and Broadcaster; Simon Jenkins, The Guardian; Helen Lewis, New Statesman; Francis Wheen, Private Eye; Matt Foot, criminal defence solicitor and Emma Youle, Archant Investigations Unit.

The winning campaign was awarded £5,000, with the other 5 shortlisted campaigns each receiving £1,000.         #paulfootaward

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