Media Freedom Awards 2022

November 9, 2022


The Society of Editors’ Media Freedom Awards were open for entries earlier this year.  A shortlist has now been published here

Booking is now open for the high-profile champagne reception, dinner and awards ceremony on the evening of 9 November 2022 at the Globe Theatre in London. To secure your place email 

The awards include 21 categories that will recognise achievements across broadcast, national, regional and online media platforms and will culminate with coveted awards celebrating the News Media Organisation of the Year, Freedom of Information Award, Investigation of the Year and Campaign of the Year.

Announcing the shortlist, Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “The nominees for the Media Freedom Awards not only illustrate the excellence of UK public interest journalism, but they also highlight the exceptional courage and determination of journalists both at home and abroad to go to extreme lengths to ensure a story is told despite the difficulties, dangers and barriers they often face in doing so.  We look forward to welcoming all those shortlisted – and their colleagues – to the ceremony on 9 November to honour their achievements.”

The awards will also pay tribute to the Society of Editors founding director Bob Satchwell, widely recognised as a great champion of press freedom, who died last year. The Bob Satchwell Award for Freedom of Speech, which could not be entered, will honour an exceptional organisation or individual who continuously champions the public’s right to know.

Martin Breen, President of the Society of Editors said: “Freedom of the press remains the cornerstone of any democratic society and the Media Freedom Awards will highlight the vitally important role that journalists across the UK fulfil.  

“From young campaigners and producers to foreign reporting and podcasts, the awards will recognise the breadth of talent across the industry and diversity of platforms that continue to produce the excellent journalism that keeps audiences informed and holds power to account.”