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Brian Deer nominated for Specialist Journalist of the Year and News Reporter of the Year

Posted Feb 25 2011 1:02pm

Brian Deer, the investigative journalist who broke the story of Andrew Wakefield’s improprieties in his autism research, has been nominated for “Specialist Journalist of the Year” and “News Reporter of the Year”. The Press Gazette lists all the nominees in their piece The Press Awards: The Times leads with 18 nominations . For other non-UK residents, I’ve been told that The Press Awards are akin to the Pulitzer Prize in the US.

The article doesn’t cite the reason for Mr. Deer’s nominations, but it is a pretty safe bet that his articles on Andrew Wakefield in the BMJ had a lot to do with it. Links to those articles are below:

Secrets of the MMR scare: How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed

Secrets of the MMR scare : How the vaccine crisis was meant to make money

Secrets of the MMR scare: The Lancet’s two days to bury bad news

Congratulations, Mr. Deer. It was a lot of hard work. Glad to see it recognized.

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