“I think it’s fair to say that she’s a singular and particular courageous voice in Britain. She is perhaps the best known journalist to the majority of people. Her voice is singular and unique….
She was ”Young journalist of the Year 1976, and she was the winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 1996, the most prestigeous prize for journalism in Britain. Perhaps it’s her formidable work that means her critics, when they are attacking her, are often reduced to personal abuse, as opposed to actually answering the questions she poses in her work. In the case of one particular interview that Melanie did in 2003 in the Guardian, that she used to work for, the interviewer said with a certain amount of wishful thinking on his part, that she was “tiring of the battle”, as he put it. Well, he hadn’t seen anything yet, because in 2006 Melanie produced Londonistan, her most important work yet”.
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The Sappho prize has been awarded Flemming Rose (2007) and Kurt Westergaard (2008) Bronze by Uwe Max Jensen