Orwell award for Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday writer Peter Hitchens has won the prestigious Orwell Journalism Prize for his foreign reporting.
Hitchens, who was shortlisted for the third time in four years, won for his dispatches from South Africa, Eastern Europe, Japan and China.
The awards are presented annually in memory of 1984 author George Orwell who said he wanted to elevate political writing to an art. Quoting from one of Orwell's essays, the judges said: '..."a man who is always fighting against something but who fights in the open and is not frightened...a man who is generously angry...a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls." It is with this in mind that we award the Orwell Prize to Peter Hitchens.' Presenting the trophy at Church House, London, on May 19, judge Peter Kellner said Hitchens' writing was 'as firm, polished and potentially lethal as a Guardsman's boot.'