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The Paul Foot Award 2022 Longlist
PRIVATE EYE is delighted to announce the longlist for the 2022 Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism. The shortlist of six will be unveiled in Eye 1574, in shops from Wednesday 25 May, and the overall winner of the £5,000 prize will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 14 June.

Hannah Al-Othman, David Collins
Sunday Times
The murder of Agnes Wanjiru
The Sunday Times’s Hannah Al-Othman and David Collins painstakingly uncovered the story of the murder of Kenyan sex worker Agnes Wanjiru, revealing a disturbing culture of misogyny, secrecy and impunity in the British army.

Samantha Asumadu
Open Democracy
Prisoners may have been refused parole due to fake crimes on file
Samantha Asumadu spoke to families of people held on indefinite “imprisonment for public protection” (IPP) sentences. Even though the IPP sentence was abolished in 2012, many people still remain in jail with no end date in sight.

Susie Boniface
Daily Mirror
Look Me in the Eye
The Daily Mirror’s ongoing campaign for recognition for the survivors of Britain’s nuclear testing programme challenged the prime minister to meet veterans in person and acknowledge the harm they had suffered. In April the PM said the veterans would get “the recognition they deserved”.

Samantha Booth and Jess Staufenberg
Schools Week
Kids in Crisis
An in-depth report by Schools Week uncovered how cash-strapped education authorities are neglecting the needs of children with mental health issues.

Harry Davies
The Conservative party’s offshore secrets
A detailed examination of the offshore fortunes of senior Conservative donors and supporters.

Solomon Hughes
Private Eye
Pay Slippery – Tax fraud on government Covid test sites
Reporting for Private Eye, Solomon Hughes exposed a loophole that allowed subcontracted “mini-umbrella companies” to avoid paying national insurance for staff of Covid-19 testing centres. The loophole was closed shortly after the reports were published

Gabriel Pogrund
Sunday Times
Royal access
The Sunday Times revealed how Prince Charles’ household promised honours and access in exchange for charity donations.

Eleanor Rose, Jessica Purkiss, Mirren Gidda, Aaron Walawalkar
Liberty Investigates
Mark Townsend
Despair and death in Britain’s asylum system
Liberty Investigates and the Observer reported on how the brutality of the asylum system drives already desperate people to extremes. focusing on the personal stories of people deported on the “Esparto 11” flight.

Joe Sandler Clarke
Luke Barratt
Patrick Greenfield
Carbon offsetting
A joint investigation of the flaws, loopholes and potential for “greenwashing” in the big business of carbon offsetting, suggesting that many of the claims made for offsetting are not backed up by evidence.

Telegraph Investigations Team
Daily Telegraph
DNARs given to people with mental illness
The investigation team’s frightening reports for the Daily Telegraph revealed how people with mental illness and disabilities were given “Do Not Resuscitate” instructions on their medical files without informed consent.

Tobacco Control Research Group
University of Bath, in collaboration with TBIJ and BBC Panorama
BAT Uncovered
A collaborative effort led by Bath University’s Tobacco Control Research Group, with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Panorama revealed British American Tobacco’s dubious business practices in southern Africa, including alleged links to the Mugabe regime.


Queries should be directed to:

Amelia Knight
Midas PR
Tel: 07771 791 210

The Paul Foot Award was set up in memory of revered investigative journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004.

Paul Foot, an investigative journalist, editor and left-wing campaigner, worked variously for the Daily Record, the Daily Mirror, The Guardian and Private Eye. He was involved in many high-profile campaigns throughout his illustrious career, including the Birmingham Six, the Bridgewater Four and the John Poulson scandal. His accolades include the Journalist of the Year, the Campaigning Journalist of the Year, the George Orwell Prize for Journalism and in 2000 he was honoured as the Campaigning Journalist of the Decade.

Paul Foot died in 2004 at the age of 66.

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