The BBC’s Alan Johnston was honored with a prestigious journalism award just hours after being freed following 114 days in captivity. Johnston won the radio journalism category at Amnesty International‘s annual media awards, which recognize excellence in human rights reporting. He had been selected before news of his release emerged. "Receiving this year’s Radio award on Alan Johnston’s behalf, his father Graham drew attention to all the campaigners around the world, especially Palestinian journalists and Alan’s colleagues at the BBC Palestine Bureau, who tirelessly campaigned for his freedom….As the world celebrates, however, we should not forget the insecurity, poverty and unemployment faced by the 1.5 million people who remain in Gaza, many of whom joined in the call for his release."

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