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This striking newspaper cover won front page of the year last night

The Independent on Sunday picked up the top gong in Britain for this front page on the killing of a hostage by Islamic State.

AT THE PRESS Awards in Britain last night, this newspaper cover by the Independent on Sunday picked up the award for front page of the year.

The front page is from last October, just after the brutal death of British taxi driver Alan Henning at the hands of Islamic State terrorists.


At the time,  many newspapers were reporting the story by showing a still from the propaganda video released by Islamic State which showed the execution of Henning.

Instead, the Independent on Sunday went for a striking black front page with a message written on it.

“On Friday a decent, caring human being was murdered in cold blood,” the front page said.

“Our thoughts are with his family. He was killed, on camera, for the sole purpose of propaganda. Here is the news, not the propaganda”.

alan-henning-family-statement-islamic-state-390x285 Alan Henning Source: AP Photo/PA Wire

Henning was the fourth person from the west to be beheaded by the terrorist group after being taken hostage while driving an ambulance in a humanitarian aid convoy months beforehand.

His killing was roundly condemned by western leaders, including David Cameron and Barack Obama.

The award to the Independent on Sunday has been widely praised on Twitter.

Tweet by @mortenmorland Source: mortenmorland/Twitter

Henning left behind his wife and two teenage children. His wife Barbara called her husband a “peaceful, selfless man”, who had left his job as a taxi driver to help those most in need.

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