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Red Cross showcases responsible reporting of refugees' plight

14 December 2015

The British Red Cross is sponsoring the refugee reporting award at the One World Media Awards 2016. The award recognises responsible reporting on asylum seekers and refugees during a climate of increased global migration.

This year has seen a huge rise in the number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution. This is contributing to a global refugee crisis not seen since World War Two. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are risking their lives on dangerous journeys to seek sanctuary.  Many face unwelcome discrimination on arrival as they try to regain a sense of normality in their lives.

Challenging misperceptions

The refugee reporting award is open to any broadcast, online or print media. It must challenge misperceptions of refugees and asylum seekers from or in the developing world through accurate and fair reporting of the wide range of issues they face. This could be anything from fleeing their home to finding food and shelter here in the UK.

This is the second in a three-year partnership between the Red Cross and One World Media. The refugee reporting award was introduced for the first time in 2015 and it received a higher number of entries than any other category in the list.

Iva Radivojevic won the refugee reporting award this year. Her film Evaporating Borders is a 'visual essay' telling the stories of asylum seekers.

Iva said: "Without a country, without papers, without wealth, and often without family or support – refugees in particular are one of the most vulnerable groups of people, placed at the bottom of society’s chain.”

The role of the media

Alex Fraser, head of refugee support and international family tracing at the Red Cross said: “It is important to recognise the role that media reporting plays on how the public receive – and treat – refugees and asylum seekers.

"With the numbers of people being forced to flee their homes at an all-time high, it is a particularly important time to profile accurate and fair reporting on these people in need of humanitarian support.”

The Red Cross is a humanitarian charity, helping people in crisis both here in the UK and abroad. With refugee support teams throughout the country, we are one of the biggest service providers to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. We provide essential emotional and practical support to over 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees in the UK each year - and the need is increasing.

In the first half of 2015 alone our staff and volunteers helped 46 per cent more asylum seekers and refugees than in the same period in 2014.

How to enter

The deadline for entries to the 2016 One World Media Awards is Thursday 4 February. All work submitted for the awards must have been first published, broadcast or screened between 5 February 2015 and 4 February 2016.

For further information on eligibility and criteria for entering this award, visit the One World Media awards website.