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Red Cross to Showcase Outstanding Reporting on Plight of Refugees at One World Media

14.12.2015

The British Red Cross is sponsoring the Refugee Reporting Award at the One World Media Awards 2016, which recognises responsible reporting on asylum seekers and refugees during a climate of increased global migration.

Iraqi Refugees in Kos (Image courtesy of
British Red Cross)

This year has seen a huge rise in the number of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution, contributing to a global refugee crisis not seen since World War Two. Hundreds of thousands of people are risking their lives on dangerous journeys, travelling over land and sea to seek sanctuary. Many of these people face unwelcomed discrimination in their counties of arrival, a further challenge as they try to regain a sense of normality over their lives.


Open Call for Submissions

The Refugee Reporting Award is open to any media (including broadcast, online, print or film) that challenges misperceptions of refugees and asylum seekers from or in the developing world through accurate and fair reporting of the wide range issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers; from fleeing their homeland to finding food and shelter in the UK. This is the second in a three year partnership between the Red Cross and One World Media. The Refugee Reporting Award was introduced for the first time this year and it received the highest number of entries than any other category in the list. Refugee Reporting Award Winner 2015 Iva Radivojevic, whose film Evaporating Boarders a 'visual essay' telling the stories of asylum seekers, said, "Without a country, without papers, without wealth, and often without family or support – refugees in particular are one of the most vulnerable groups of people, placed at the bottom of society’s chain.”


Alex Fraser, Head of Refugee Support and International Family Tracing at the Red Cross said, “It is important to recognise the role that media reporting plays on how the public receive – and treat – refugees and asylum seekers. With the numbers of people being forced to 2 flee their homes at an all-time high, it is a particularly important time to profile accurate and fair reporting on these people in need of humanitarian support.”

With refugee support teams throughout the country, the British Red Cross is one of the biggest service providers to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and the need is increasing. In the first half of 2015 alone the Red Cross helped 46% more asylum seekers and refugees in need of support than in the same period the previous year. From offering emergency provisions to those facing destitution to giving orientation support and advice, the Red Cross provides essential emotional and practical support to over 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees here in the UK each year.

The deadline for entries to the 2016 One World Media Awards is Thursday 4 February. All work submitted for the Awards must have been first published, broadcast or screened between 5 February 2015 and 4 February 2016.

For further information on eligibility and criteria for entering this award, please visit: http://www.oneworldmedia.org.uk/eligibility


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