The Investigative Journal has partnered with Press Gazette as the official sponsors of its glittering end of year awards ceremony.
The London-based online media platform sponsored the Foreign Affairs category at the 2019 Press Gazette British Journalism Awards.
The award which is given to journalists working for a UK audience, whose reports from overseas have done the most to serve the public interest, went to journalist Robin Barnwell from ITV Exposure/Hard cash Productions, while Anthony Lloyd of The Times received a “Highly Commended” in the same category, in recognition for his work
Barnwell went along to win the top individual prize of “journalist of the year.”
In 2018 the prize was awarded to two Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who shocked the world with their expose of atrocities carried out against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims – they were subsequently imprisoned for their work and released after more than 500 days on May 7th 2019.
The sacrifices made by journalists working overseas is recognised by the senior team at The Investigative Journal, five journalists on its advisory board have been prosecuted, jailed, or abducted while doing their jobs.
The Investigative Journal was launched in July by award-winning Canadian journalist and author Mohamed Fahmy, 45, who is also its chief executive officer.
Fahmy said: “In the era of fake news it has never been more important to properly fund and support quality journalism and this is at the heart of what The Investigative Journal is doing.
We are excited that we were able to support this prestigious award.”
The Investigative Journal provides a platform for long-form investigative reporting and had recently launched a hard-hitting talk show from its studios in Times Square New York anchored by award-winning broadcast journalist Tal Heinrich.
Among the topics highlighted by TIJ are the horrific exodus of millions of refugees in Venezuela, Iran’s incarceration of dual-citizens on fabricated charges to use them as bargaining chips for political gains and a number of exclusive reports based on month-long investigations conducted by award-winning journalists.
The Investigative Journal has already partnered with award-winning Philippines journalist Maria Ressa, founder and chief executive of Manila-based news website Rappler to co-fund investigations.
As well as curating investigative work for The Investigative Journal which pays contributors
for long form stories.
Fahmy himself was labelled a terrorist and falsely imprisoned in Egypt during the Arab Spring in 2014 before being pardoned by the Egyptian president in September 2015 after an appeal led by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
Fahmy was arrested with two other journalists in December 2013 – three months after he was
appointed as the Al Jazeera English Egypt Bureau Chief – and was unjustly accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood group designated as terrorists in many countries.
He was pardoned in 2015 and moved to Vancouver to take up a job offered to him while he was
still in prison, as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and wrote a column
for the Toronto Star.