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Guardian wins research and journalist of the decade award

The Guardian has been named Investigator and Journalist of the Decade for articles on offshore financing and the Windrush scandal.

The awards were made by the media industry publication Press Gazette on the occasion of 10 years of the British Journalism Awards ceremony. Past attendees and newsletter subscribers were asked to vote.

Amelia Gentleman was named Journalist of the Decade after she exposed the Windrush scandal. Her reporting showed how people residing legally in the UK lost access to benefits, became homeless and were imprisoned or deported. The scandal – which often affected individuals who had come to the UK from the Caribbean as children but had no paperwork – led to the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Press Gazette judges said: “Amelia’s work to expose the scandalous treatment of Windrush immigrants has been astonishing. It set the agenda for weeks and brought down a Home Secretary (although the policy came directly from Ms.) [Theresa] Can). The details and the case studies were brilliant and everyone followed this story up.”

The decade’s investigation went to the Guardian and the BBC for their joint work on the Panama Papers, a massive data leak from secretive offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, which was shared through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Press Gazette’s statement read: “The Guardian revealed secret multi-billion dollar transactions linked to Vladimir Putin and David Cameron’s ties to a secret offshore fund. This was another major Guardian investigation that shed light into some of the darkest corners of the international financial world.”

The Panama Papers examined the files of the offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca. Illustration: Guardian design

The Guardian’s work on the HSBC files, which showed the bank is using tax havens to avoid tax, was also nominated for Research of the Decade.

The first of the decade went to the Times for his work exposing sexual misconduct by Oxfam employees in Haiti. The Guardian was also nominated in this category for its reporting on Dominic Cummings breaking lockdown restrictions to drive to Barnard Castle during the first pandemic lockdown.