Humanitarian Journalism Award

Eduardo Galeano once stated: “I am grateful to journalism for waking me up to the realities of the world.”

With this spirit in mind, the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Journalism Award has been established to honour a journalist who has shined a spot light on a humanitarian issue or cause or who is committed to highlighting social injustices in Ireland or abroad.

Nominees for this award must be Irish or based in Ireland and have had their work published or broadcast over the last 24 months through a recognised media channel.

Maria Delaney, Geela Garcia and Louise Lawless, 2023 Humanitarian Journalists of the year.

NOTEWORTHY.IE JOURNALISTS MARIA DELANEY, GEELA GARCIA AND LOUISE LAWLESS won for their investigative series entitled Hands on Deck, which exposed the ongoing exploitation of migrant workers in the Irish fishing industry.

The team undertook a six-month investigation in Ireland and the Philippines and found “an across the board failure” by the justice system with regard to the trafficking of migrant and undocumented fishers who were ‘ignored’ by a recent government review of a controversial work permission scheme.

The six-month investigation had farreaching impacts, including an invitation to Maria Delaney to provide an Oireachtas briefing. The findings were addressed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who commented that the examples of abuse he had seen were “not far off modern day slavery”.

Maria Delaney (project lead) is the editor of Noteworthy, an award-winning, crowdfunded investigative platform from The Journal. Geela Garcia, based in the Philippines, is a freelance multimedia journalist and peasant advocate. Louise Lawless is a freelance journalist and solicitor.