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OK author Clare Sambrook short-listed for Bevins Prize

Many congratulations to OurKingdom author Clare Sambrook who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Bevins Prize, established to recognize outstanding achievement in investigative journalism.
Guy Aitchison
1 October 2010

Many congratulations to OurKingdom author Clare Sambrook who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Bevins Prize, established to recognize outstanding achievement in investigative journalism. 

Clare's relentless probing of the shameful practice of child detention in the immigration system helped keep the issue in the public eye over the last year, forcing a response from the political parties and the Coalition.

Whether it's relating the heart-rending story of boy M - jailed, kept in a caged van, and booked on an adult flight back to Afghanistan -  or exposing the nexus of corporate and political interests at the top of the UK's shadowy security state, Clare's articles represent the best in campaigning journalism.

Clare becomes the first non-newspaper nominee for the prize, as the Press Gazette points out. 

You can read the full shortlist here. And Clare's articles here.

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