The Guardian named news provider of the year and wins four other awards

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Guardian and Observer journalists have won five awards at the British Journalism Awards (BJA), including the coveted news provider of the year.

The columnist Marina Hyde took home the prize for comment journalism, while Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne won in the arts and entertainment journalism category.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Kirchgaessner won in technology journalism for her stories on the Pegasus project, while there were commendations for the Queen’s consent investigation and the Observer’s James Tapper in the health and life sciences journalism category.

Aniefiok Ekpoudom won the Barbara Blake Hannah award for his work for the Guardian and Observer.

Commenting on the Guardian winning the news provider of the year award, the judges said: “The Guardian has marked its 200th anniversary in style this year. Its Pegasus Project investigation exposed governments using technology to spy on journalists, politicians and campaigners.

“Its Noel Clarke investigation gave a voice to ignored victims and secured lasting change to the TV industry.

“The Guardian’s podcasts and innovative digital storytelling have reached record audiences. And it has all been underpinned by a pioneering business model which has made it the biggest member-funded newsroom in the world.”

The success broke the Financial Times’s three-year winning streak. The five awards for Guardian journalists was the most won by any organisation.

Rukhshana Media, the Afghan women’s media organisation, won the Marie Colvin award – with judges praising “women banding together to provide different perspectives of male-dominated Afghanistan in the face of death threats and intimidation”.

The Guardian partnered with Rukhshana Media for the Women report Afghanistan series during the summer. Accepting the award, Zahra Joya said: “It is an honor for me to stand here tonight and accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at Rukhshana Media. This award comes as press freedom in Afghanistan is increasingly under attack.

“I want to thank the Guardian particularly editor in chief [Kath Viner], and rights and freedoms editor [Annie Kelly] for partnering with us, for helping to amplify the voices of Afghan women, and for nominating our work for the British Journalism Awards.”

Kale and Osborne took the honours in the arts and entertainment journalism category for a series of stories about the actor Noel Clarke being accused of sexual harassment.

“This winner was a brave investigation which gave a voice to dozens of whistleblowers and had a huge impact,” the judges said.

Meanwhile, recognising Hyde’s success in comment journalism, the judges said: “At a time when people are terrified of being thought offensive, Marina Hyde skewers her targets with a fluent savagery.”

The Queen’s consent stories won the BJA’s investigation of the year, with judges saying it was an “incisive investigation which exposed allegations of corruption at the very top of the British establishment”.

Other top awards included ITV News’s Robert Moore winning journalist of the year for his reporting from the US Capitol riots, while the Sun won scoop of the year for revealing former health secretary Matt Hancock’s office affair in the midst of the pandemic.

For a full list of the winners, click here.

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