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Media Award
Subcategory of Human Rights Awards
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History

The Media Award is awarded for any published work in the media which has been broadcast in Australia. This can include television and radio programs, documentaries, and print and online articles.

Winners

2017 winner y separately published work icon They Cannot Take the Sky : Stories from Detention Michael Green (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10673419 2017 anthology autobiography interview

'Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

'For more than two decades, Australia has locked up people who arrive here fleeing persecution - sometimes briefly, sometimes for years. In They Cannot Take the Sky those people tell their stories, in their own words. Speaking from inside immigration detention on Manus Island and Nauru, or from within the Australian community after their release, the narrators reveal not only their extraordinary journeys and their daily struggles but also their meditations on love, death, hope and injustice. Their candid testimonies are at times shocking and hilarious, surprising and devastating. They are witnesses from the edge of human experience.

'The first-person narratives in They Cannot Take the Sky range from epic life stories to heartbreaking vignettes. The narrators who have shared their stories have done so despite the culture of silence surrounding immigration detention, and the real risks faced by those who speak out. Once you have heard their voices, you will never forget them.' (Publication summary)

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