Mer­cury hon­oured at News Awards

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

THE Mer­cury has been recog­nised for its Let Her Speak cam­paign sup­port­ing sex as­sault vic­tims, tak­ing out the prize for best cam­paign at last night’s News Corp Aus­tralia News Awards.

In ac­cept­ing the award Mer­cury ed­i­tor Chris Jones said it be­longed to Grace Tame and the other women who were brave enough to let the Mer­cury tell their story.

Speak­ing at the awards in Syd­ney, Ms Tame thanked ev­ery­one for their sup­port and praised the cam­paign which had led to a pro­posed law change al­low­ing vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault to be named and tell their sto­ries.

“It takes an army to fight in­jus­tice,” Ms Tame said.

She said that they joined to­gether with and News Corp’s lawyers for the cam­paign. “To­gether as a team we have made his­tory, the law in Tas­ma­nia is be­ing changed.

“On be­half of the cam­paign’s fel­low great sur­vivors, to all those who are still si­lenced we say ‘you will be heard, it’s not you’re fault’.”

Co-Chair­man of News Corp Lach­lan Mur­doch com­mended Ms Tame’s courage.

“I want to es­pe­cially thank you, Grace. By join­ing us here tonight you re­mind us that the pur­pose of jour­nal­ism is not to give jour­nal­ists a voice but to give peo­ple like you a voice, to give truth a voice.”

Mer­cury jour­nal­ist Chanel Kin­niburgh was the joint win­ner of Young Jour­nal­ist of the Year for her re­port­ing on is­sues such as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and the strip search of a wrongly ar­rested 11-year-old boy. She will fly to London to take part in a News Corp schol­ar­ship.

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