Amelia Gentleman wins award for Windrush investigation

26th June 2018

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Guardian social affairs journalist and Wadham alumna, Amelia Gentleman, (Russian and History, 1991) wins the Private Eye Paul Foot award for investigative journalism for her work on the Windrush scandal.

 

  • Amelia Gentleman with the editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop, at the awards

     

In a series of news reports published earlier this year, Gentleman exposed how the Government’s ‘hostile’ stance on  immigration led to citizens being wrongly detained and deported, while others were denied healthcare, work, housing benefits and pensions.

"I think the award is partly a reflection of the enormous anger people felt about the way the government treated the victims of the Windrush scandal," the former Wadhamite said of the win.

 “Writing about their stories was a way of writing about the wider issue of the Home Office's increasingly hostile immigration policies. It's so exciting when journalism really makes something change. I'm thrilled that the government has now issued numerous apologies, given documents to over 2,000 people and promised compensation," she added. 

A total of 5,000 cases were reported to the Home Office, following Gentleman’s revelations, leading to the resignation of the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. The Government has since announced a day celebrating the contribution of the Windrush Generation on 22 June each year.

“Congratulations to Amelia Gentleman for a campaign that was revelatory, important and amazingly effective,” said editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop, (in an interview with the Guardian). “This was the Windrush scandal – where a cabinet minister was thrown overboard and the ship of state nearly sank,” he added