The 2019 Frontline Club Awards were held on Thursday 24th October in a ceremony hosted by CBS News’s Elizabeth Palmer. You can read more about the nominees here. The keynote was given by filmmaker and journalist Waad Al-Kateab, while the Tribute Award was given posthumously to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The 2019 Frontline Club Award for Print went to Ayo Awokoya and Tobias Jones. Their investigation for The Guardian reveals how, for decades, tinned tomatoes have been produced on the backs of thousands of exploited migrants in the south of Italy, and exposes the vast web of exploitation that underpins this virtual slavery but also its devastating fallout. Judges called this “a combination of vivid reporting, smart analysis and superb writing. It is the kind of reporting that can change minds and policy.
The 2019 Frontline Club Award for Broadcast went to Daniel Adamson, Aliaume Leroy, Ben Strick and Tom Flannery for ‘Anatomy of a Killing’ (BBC Africa Eye). In July 2018 a horrifying video showed two women and two young children killed by a group of Cameroonian soldiers. The government of Cameroon initially dismissed it as “fake news”, but this team of journalists, through forensic analysis of the footage, proved exactly where this happened, when it happened, and who was responsible.
Lorenzo Tugnoli received the photojournalism prize for his reportage on the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, published in the Washington Post in December 2018
This award is given by our judges in recognition of an outstanding body of work or achievement. Like all of our awards it honours journalistic integrity, courage and independence of spirit. In 2019, the award went to Jamal Khashoggi.
It is little more than a year ago that Saudi freelance journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi entered his nation’s consulate in Istanbul. He was there to secure a document for his approaching marriage but instead he was brutally murdered.
Khashoggi was a journalist, author, columnist for The Washington Post, and a general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel. He also served as editor for the Saudi newspaper Al Watan. From 1991 to 1999, he was a foreign correspondent, covering stories in countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan, and in the Middle East.
The 2019 judges were unanimous in their decision to award this year’s Memorial Tribute to this brilliant, brave and outspoken journalist. Keeping his name, work and terrible murder in the public eye supports the safety and integrity of all of us and our journalist colleagues.