Columnist Janice Turner wins award, but not everybody is happy about it


Openly gay MP Stephen Doughty strongly disagreed with Janice Turner being honored with the journalism award as she is, to his mind, to blame for spreading transphobic prejudice. British Journalism Awards organisers Press Gazette awarded Janice Turner the prize for comment journalism of the year at a ceremony on Monday. The prize, which considered submissions published between September 2017 and August 2018, rewarded journalists who “brought new ideas and thinking to bear when discussing a matter of public interest.” The journalist indeed published a number of articles in which she condemned transgender rights for daily and Sunday editions of The Times, and Doughty suggested that people with such views should not have been awarded, and he is deeply saddened and disappointed that it is happening. Doughty previously criticised one of Turner’s pieces during a session of the Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee’s hate crime inquiry in April, in which he condemned the Telegraph and The Times for the anti-trans rhetoric that emerged on their pages. Doughty found the depiction of the trans community as a “lobby” particularly troubling.


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