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Night Jack blogger joins Orwell Prize panel

30th October 2009

The detective behind the Night Jack blog has joined the Orwell Prize's panel of judges.

Detective Constable Richard Horton hit the headlines earlier this year after being named by The Times as the author of the blog, which laid bare the realities of frontline policing.

Horton had won the first Orwell blogging prize in April under his pseudonym before being unmasked by the newspaper and will now help to decide on his successor.

Jean Seaton, executive director of the competition, said: 'We are thrilled that amongst our distinguished judges, Richard Horton will be bringing his arresting and Orwell Prize-winning common sense and wit to judging the blog prize.'

Other judges on the prize's panel include author and journalist Francine Stock, writer and filmmaker Roger Graef, English PEN director Jonathan Heawood and Channel 4's head of diversity Oona King.

The Orwell Prize recognises authors who have followed George Orwell's efforts to 'make political writing into an art'.

As well as Horton, this year's winners included Andrew Brown for Fishing in Utopia in the books category and the Independent's foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn in the journalism section.

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