22 June 2012
For immediate release Friday 22 June 2012
For further information Derek Masterton
Contact number 0141 891 4016 or 07818 457589
Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards – the finalists
The battles to save two asylum seekers from deportation to their home countries are among the nominees in this year’s Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards.
Kishor Dangol, a 48-year-old who lived in Kirkcaldy, Fife, for 12 years was ordered back to Nepal, despite a petition signed by 1200 people demanding he be allowed to remain and letters of support from senior politicians. The campaign was covered by the Fife Free Press.
Meanwhile, in the West of Scotland, Glasgow University student John Oguchukwu was sent back to Nigeria from Inverclyde despite a local campaign and protests from MPs. A series of stories about John’s fight to remain in Scotland was carried by the Greenock Telegraph.
Both stories have been shortlisted for the awards from what the organisers describe as “an exceptionally strong” field.
The awards, hosted by the British Red Cross, in conjunction with the Scottish Refugee Council and the National Union of Journalists, celebrate the best of Scotland’s reporting and photojournalism on issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. The presentations take place on Friday (22 June) at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.
This year, the awards have an exciting new dimension. Members of theatre group Actors For Human Rights will be performing iceandfire’s Asylum monologues - first-hand accounts of the UK asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it.
Also shortlisted for awards are pieces from the Scotsman, the Daily Record, The Herald and The Evening Times along with photographers Colin Mearns (Herald and Times Group) and Angela Catlin (freelance).
A new Special Award, sponsored by NUJ Scotland, to be presented annually, has been added to the list. The winner will not be named till Friday night.
Refugee Week is a UK-wide celebration of the contribution made to society by people who come to this country as refugees and asylum seekers,
The Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards are designed to recognise and encourage fair, accurate and constructive reporting of issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland.
The shortlist is as follows:
National print (News):
Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman
Craig McDonald, Daily Record
National print (Features):
Kathleen Morgan, The Herald Magazine
Chitra Ramasway, The Scotsman
Fife Free Press
Colin Mearns, Evening Times
Angela Catlin, The Herald Magazine
To be announced on the night
Special award (sponsored by NUJ Scotland):
To be announced on the night
Notes to editors:
Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council. It involves over 100 events from carnivals to comedy, football matches to film and a range of performances, exhibitions, workshops and talks. Refugee Week Scotland 2012 runs from 18-24 June and is more far reaching than ever before with events from Orkney to the Borders.
The theme of Refugee Week is Spirit in all its guises, from the spirit of survival that refugees have demonstrated in fleeing persecution and rebuilding their lives in Scotland, to the spirit of communities across Scotland. In this Year of Creative Scotland its also about celebrating the creative spirit that is apparent in our country-wide programme of events.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.