Aussie journo wins top award for Indian story

Hedley Thomas, the Australian journalist who wrote a series of stories about his government’s mishandling of Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef‘s arrest on suspected terror charges, has won the country’s most coveted journalism award.

Thomas, who is associated with The Australian newspaper, won the “Gold Walkley” award.In his acceptance speech, Thomas thanked Haneef’s lawyers Peter Russo and Stephen Keim for risking their careers to expose vital facts about the case. And criticised the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for pursuing the lawyers who leaked the information that allowed him to write his award-winning articles.

Photograph: The Australian

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