The Independent honoured at the Amnesty International UK Media Awards

The Independent has been honoured for its human rights journalism at the prestigious Amnesty International UK Media Awards winning the award for best Written News piece at an awards evening on 9 May.

‘Murdered, tortured or in hiding from the Taliban: The special forces abandoned by Britain’ won the Written News award, beating competition from the Daily Telegraph, the i and the BBC.

Our investigation focused on former members of two Afghan special forces units known as the ‘Triples’ that were set up, trained and funded by the British, yet were abandoned by the UK after the disastrous evacuation of Kabul in 2021 –  with devastating, and often fatal, consequences.

The project was reported in conjunction with investigative group Lighthouse Reports, and has sparked questions in parliament for defence minister James Heappey, veterans minister Johnny Mercer and foreign secretary Lord Cameron. It has also been followed up by both UK and foreign press, while tens of thousands read our original investigation.

Now in their 32nd year, the Amnesty awards highlight excellence in human rights journalism. This year’s winners were announced at a ceremony in London hosted by comedian Nish Kumar.

See more here on The Independent.

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