The Oz Scoops News’ Award Night As Journalists Reveal ISIS Threats

The Oz Scoops News’ Award Night As Journalists Reveal ISIS Threats

News Corp held its annual journalism awards on Friday night with its broadsheet The Australian proving to be the biggest winner.

Oz journalist Paul Maley won the top prize, the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for journalist of the year, for his work exposing ­Islamic State’s infiltration into Australia.

However, both Maley and cartoonist Bill Leak revealed on the night that they had been threatened for their coverage of Islamic State. Although exact details of the threats were vague, Leak said that NSW police were now involved and he thanked them and News Corp security for their efforts.

News’ has taken an aggressive stance with IS and terrorism in both its broadsheet and tabloid papers, with Leak’s cartoons particularly derisive of current middle eastern politics.


Maley said during his acceptance speech: “Bill Leak has also been the subject of some pretty nasty threats, and one point I’d make about all that is that it has been quite rugged, but at all times all of us have had the staunch backing of the company, security people, but also News Limited.

“It’s been a very tough year. There have been threats, but I think we’re giving them a lot more trouble than they’re giving us,” he said.

The full list of winners from last Friday included:

Sir Keith Murdoch Award
Paul Maley – The Australian
Newspaper of the Year
The Sunday Telegraph
Young Journalist of the Year
Tom Minear – Herald Sun
Scoop of the Year
Charles Miranda – MH17 Video – European Correspondent
Campaign of the Year
Take a Stand – Herald Sun
Specialist Writer of the Year
James Jeffrey – The Australian
Magazine of the Year
VOGUE Australia
Sports Journalist of the Year
Phil Rothfield, The Sunday/Daily Telegraph
Website of the Year
Innovation of the Year
AnzacLive, Editorial Network
Specialist Product/Publication of the Year
What a Croc!, NT News
Regional Newspaper of the Year
Townsville Bulletin
Community Newspaper of the Year
Wentworth Courier, NewsLocal
Headlines of the Year
Trevor Seymour, NewsLocal
Cartoonist of the Year
Bill Leak, The Australian
Photographer of the Year
David Caird, Sunday/Herald Sun
Photograph of the Year
Adam Taylor – The Daily Telegraph
Excellence in Design and Illustration   
Aurelie Perthuis – Editorial Network
Keith McDonald Award (Business Journalist of the Year)
Damon Kitney – The Australian
Feature Writer of the Year
Greg Bearup and Dan Box – The Weekend Australian Magazine
Live Coverage of Breaking News
The Daily Telegraph – Sydney Siege

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