From best war reporter to finest wine writer, more awards for 'The Independent'

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Four Independent journalists have received top honours in two prestigious award ceremonies.

Four Independent journalists have received top honours in two prestigious award ceremonies.

Patrick Cockburn has been named winner of the Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, given in honour of the great war correspondent and humanitarian.

The citation reads: "The Martha Gellhorn Award is given every year to a journalist whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told unpalatable truths, validated by powerful facts, that exposes establishment propaganda, or 'official drivel', as Martha called it. The work of Patrick Cockburn, The Independent's correspondent in Iraq, fits this description perfectly ... Often at great personal risk, his outstanding eyewitness and analytical journalism ... has consistently made sense of the bloody invasion and occupation. He is a courageous truth-teller who, as Gellhorn wrote... 'reports from the ground up, not the other way around'."

And at the Glenfiddich Awards on Monday, which honours the food and drink world, Christopher Hirst won Food Writer of the Year. Anthony Rose, who writes in The Independent on Saturdays, was named Wine Writer of the Year. And Terry Durrack, of The Independent on Sunday, was named Restaurant Critic of the Year.

Patrick Cockburn's book, The Broken Boy, is published by Jonathan Cape on 2 June.

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