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Journalists shortlisted for Human Rights Awards

Commission Commission – General

Print, TV, radio and online journalists will be celebrated by the Australian Human Rights Commission at the 2014 Human Rights Awards in Sydney on 10 December.

Today, the Commission announced the shortlist for its media awards.

“I acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the more than 70 journalists nominated for these awards,” said Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs.

“At the Commission, we work with journalists every day and we rely on the media to highlight human rights and social justice issues.

“Our judges faced a very difficult task in selecting four finalists for each media category.

“Every journalist who speaks truth to power and who regards human rights as a subject that is worth their editorial attention deserves our acknowledgement and thanks,” Professor Triggs said.

The shortlisted nominees for the Television Award are:

  • Geoff Thompson, Karen Michelmore, Anne Worthington, Patricia Drum and Connie Agius, The Manus Solution, Four Corners, ABC TV. This program relies on witness testimony to investigate the February 2013 death of Manus Island detainee, Reza Berati and to illuminate the so-called “Manus Solution”. The program’s revelations were subsequently corroborated by a Government-commissioned inquiry.
  • Tim Toni, Carly Schmidt, Dora Weekley, David Grusovin and David Forster, Living with the Enemy, SBS Australia. This six-part documentary explores social and cultural conflict within Australian society. Key issues were explored by asking individuals with different ideologies and lifestyles to coexist in domestic and workplace environments.
  • Larissa Behrendt, Craig Longman and Fabio Cavadini, Innocence Betrayed, NITV. Innocence Betrayed focuses on the failure of the NSW legal system in providing justice to the families of three Aboriginal children from Bowraville, murdered over 23 years ago.
  • John Pilger, Chris Graham, Paddy Gibson and Amy McQuire, Utopia, SBS Australia. Utopia investigates Aboriginal poverty and the ongoing mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It highlights the Australian silence that surrounds these issues.

The shortlisted nominees for the radio award are:

  • Carol Dowling, Another Stolen Generation, Noongar Radio. This feature highlights the disproportionate placement of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in Western Australia.
  • Tim BishopMy Man and Me presents Australian singer-songwriter, storyteller, Tim Bishop’s story of his relationship with his late partner, Matthew, Bundjalung Warrior. Bishop addresses the stigmatisation of race, sexuality and illness, advocating for the right to live and love in freedom.
  • Ann Arnold, The end of the road, ABC Radio National. This feature critiques aged-based licence testing in preventing road accidents.
  • Sarah Dingle, The Salvos: A matter of trust, ABC Radio National. The Salvos: A matter of trust examines the cover-up of child sexual abuse at The Salvation Army, using new evidence and previously unreported allegations.

The shortlisted nominees for the print and online award are:

  • Ellena Savage, Right Now – Secret Warzone. A powerful examination of domestic violence, incorporating the personal accounts of women affected by domestic abuse.
  • Nick Olle, Sam Wallman, Pat Grant, Pat Armstrong, Sam Bungey, Mark Finger, Lauren Martin, The Global Mail – At Work Inside Our Detention Centres: A Guard’s Story. A rare insight into the internal processes of outsourced detention centres.
  • Jewel Topsfield, The Age – Dyslexia: The Invisible Disability. This article focuses on a young girl’s experience of dyslexia, exposing Australia’s inadequate social understanding of the disability.
  • Peter Mares, Griffith Review – Refuge without work. An investigation into the impact of bridging visas on asylum seekers in Australia, exploring the practical and emotional consequences of a policy that excludes displaced people from employment.

The 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards will be presented at a cocktail-style event to mark International Human Rights Day, 10 December, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Craig Reucassel from The Chaser will MC the Human Rights Awards presentation again this year. Tickets are available online.