NightJack, the policeman blogger outed by The Times after a landmark legal ruling, is to be a judge in this year's George Orwell Prize it was revealed tonight at the awards launch at the Frontline Club in London.
NightJack, who was named by The Times to be Richard Horton, a Lancashire detective, will be one of the judges in the Blog Prize category. NightJack won the inaugural Orwell Prize for Blogs in April 2009, but then lost a High Court bid to protect his anonymity which allowed The Times to identify him. After he was named Horton stopped blogging.
Horton's outing caused controversy in the blogosphere with many bloggers condemning The Times. He will be joined in judging the Blog Prize by Oona King, head of diversity at Channel 4 and former Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.
Documentary maker Roger Graef and Peter Kellner, president of YouGov, will judge the Journalism Prize.
Jean Seaton, executive director of the Orwell Prize, said organisers were "anxious" at the way Horton had been identified after being an Orwell award winner and was "thrilled that Richard is going to be a judge this year."
Entries for the Orwell Prize 2010 close on 20th January 2010, for all work published or broadcast in the UK or Ireland between 1st January and 31st December 2009 (inclusive). The longlists (18 books, 12 journalists, 12 bloggers) will be announced on 24th March 2010, during a week of Orwell Prize events at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.
This year’s Orwell Memorial Lecture will be given by Man Booker Prize winner, Hilary Mantel, on 17th November.