Amnesty International UK has announced the winners of its prestigious media awards – and Sheffield-born Sophie Mei was amongst them.
The coveted awards, which recognise excellence in human rights reporting, were presented by BBC news presenter George Alagiah at the British Film Institute in central London.
The brand new Student Award went to Sheffield’s Sophie Mei, who’s currently studying at Manchester University, thanks to a piece she wrote about human trafficking. Sophie beat a brilliant field of entrants and was understandably delighted afterwards saying: “I am absolutely thrilled as it has always been my dream to be recognised as a journalist. This competition is so important too as media has more power than politics these days.’’ Nice one, Soph.
The awards ceremony included a video message from Nobel peace prize winner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She promoted the importance of the media in human rights around the world and urged journalists to continue to highlight the struggles many people go through in being treated fairly.
More info on www.amnesty.org.uk.