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BBC DOCUMENTARY ON PRINCESS LATIFA’S BRAVE ESCAPE FROM DUBAI WINS AMNESTY AWARD.

Press release   •   Apr 03, 2019 19:02 BST

BBC DOCUMENTARY ON PRINCESS LATIFA’S BRAVE ESCAPE FROM DUBAI WINS AMNESTY AWARD.

London, UK: 3 April 2019.

The winners of Amnesty International UK’s prestigious Media Awards 2019 have been announced at a ceremony in London this evening, with the BBC Documentary of Princess Latifa taking the most prestigious award for best documentary.

Amnesty’s Media Awards, which have been running annually since 1992, celebrate excellence in human rights journalism and applaud the courage and determination of journalists who often put their lives on the line to report on vital human rights issues.

The ceremony was held at Bafta in central London and was hosted by journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman.

Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess, was produced by the BBC World current affairs team for BBC two with the Free Latifa campaign group director Tiina Jauhiainenand David Haigh. The BBC documentary crew were the first media that Tiina Jauhiainenand the team met in London in April 2018 when they were released from the UAE secret prison and David Haigh and the team have worked tirelessly with the BBC to produce the ground breaking documentary, which ultimately saw the UAE forced to reveal the whereabouts of Latifa after 9 months of their silence. The BBC crew were given exclusive access to the team and filmed across the world from Cornwall to Manilla.

David Haigh said “Tiina and I worked around the clock for almost 8 months with the amazingly said and passionate BBC team, Sam , Jane and Sarah. On choosing the production team it was critical to us to ensure that they would tell the true story, which needed bravely and passion and this team had it in bags”

Tiina Jauhiaien added “the BBC have done my brave friend and her courage bid for freedom justice. Now we just need to get her free so she can sit with me and watch HER documentary”.

Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty UK said: “Without a free press, it’s extremely difficult to expose wrong-doing and hold leaders to account” and “Our awards are about congratulating the achievements of the media and championing its role in creating a fairer, more open world”. Escape From Dubai has helped us raise awareness on Latifa’s plight and has changed many people’s view on UAE as a safe holiday destination to a more realistic one.

During the ceremony, there was a moment of reflection for the 89 journalists who were imprisoned last year for their work. The event was also used to highlighted the case ofBarry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney- two Northern Ireland journalists who could potentially face prison sentences for exposing police collusion in a massacre of six civilians in Loughin island in 1994. The pair gave a speech about their experiences during the ceremony.

The winners:

News (Broadcast)

Judges: Ronke Phillips (ITV); Nevine Mabro (Channel 4 News); Sarah Sands (BBC Radio 4 Today); Peter Diapre (Sky News); Harriet Garland (Amnesty).

Features

Judges: Lucy Pasha-Robinson (HuffPost UK); Anna Silverman (Grazia); Nosheen Iqbal (Observer); Emma Gatten (Telegraph); Sharon Lougher (Metro); Niall Couper (Amnesty).

Radio and Podcasts

Judges: Sirin Kale (Broadly, VICE); Felicity Finch (The Archers); Nick Rotherham (BBC); Jonathan Rugman (Channel 4 News); Sam Lawlor (Amnesty).

Student Journalist

Judges: Aimee Meade (Metro); Megha Mohan (BBC); Tina Moran (Press Association); Kirstie O’Mahony (Women in Media/BBC); Ella Berny (Amnesty).

Gaby Rado award for Best New Journalist

  • Joe Wallen-The Telegraph

Judges: Eleanor McDowall (Falling Tree Productions); Liliane Landor (Channel 4 News); Paul Waugh (HuffPost UK); Louis Rado; Harriet Garland (Amnesty).

Investigation

Judges: Cait FitzSimons (5 News); Sue Turton (Channel 4 Unreported World); Toby Castle (BBC); Miriam Wells (Bureau of Investigative Journalism); Cora Bauer (Amnesty).

Regional Media

  • BBC Northern Ireland - Spotlight: Buried Secrets

Judges: Toby Granville (Newsquest); James Stewart (BBC); Matthew Barraclough (BBC); Gail Walker (Belfast Telegraph); Patrick Corrigan (Amnesty).

Photojournalism

Judges: Phil Coomes (BBC); Paul Conroy (photojournalist and documentary maker); Claire Thomas (freelance); Liz Jobey (Financial Times Weekend Magazine); Rich Cowley (Amnesty).

Innovation

Judges: Mustafa Khalili (BBC); Shehani Fernando (freelance VR director); Sam Joiner (The Times); Mohit Bakaya (BBC Radio 4 Factual); Laurie Hanna (Amnesty).

News (Written Word)

Judges: George Arbuthnot (Sunday Times); Emily Retter (Daily Mirror); Olivia Alabaster (Independent); Claire Newell (Telegraph); Harriet Garland (Amnesty).

Documentaries

  • BBC Two - Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess

Judges: Fran Baker (Blakeway North); Chris Shaw (ITN); Nawal Al-Maghafi (BBC); Nick Springate (BBC); Neil Durkin (Amnesty).

Impact Award

Judges: Kate Allen (Director, Amnesty UK); Kerry Moscogiuri (Director of Campaigns and Communications, Amnesty UK); Thomas Schultz-Jagow (Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications, Amnesty International Secretariat).

The full Media Awards 2019 shortlist can be foundhere.

Amnesty International USA and Amnesty International Canada will similarly honour journalists in their own countries this week, highlighting global work to promote human rights issues in the press.

Read the full press release here: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-media-awards-2019-winners-announced

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About Free Latifa:

The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s closest friends, supporters and advisors. Headed by Campaign Director, Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen, human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh and Latifa’s close friends Stephania Martinengo and Marco Remes. Together with the support of not for profit legal advocacy NGO Detained International and a growing number of friends, supporters, media, lawyers, politicians and celebrities around the world the campaign has one goal, to #FreeLatifa. Updates on the campaign can be found on www.freelatifa.com

Contact Name

Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh

Campaign to Free Latifa

Email: latifa@freelatifa.com

Telephone: + 44 (0) 203 868 9995

Twitter: @freelatifa

Facebook: @freelatifa

Instagram: @freelatifa

About Free Latifa
The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s closest friends, supporters and advisors. Headed by Campaign Director, Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen, human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh and Latifa’s close friends Stephania Martinengo and Marco Remes. Together with the support of not for profit legal advocacy NGO Detained International and a growing number of friends, supporters, media, lawyers, politicians and celebrities around the world the campaign has one goal, to #FreeLatifa. Updates on the campaign can be found on 

Contact

Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh

Campaign to Free Latifa

Web: www.freelatifa.com

Email: latifa@freelatifa.com

Telephone: + 44 (0) 203 868 9995

Twitter: @freelatifa

Instagram: @freelatifa

Facebook: www.facebook.com/freelatifa

YouTube: www.youtube.com/freelatifa