2012 Awards

Peace Through Media Awards – Recognises the work of established media figures who have a positive
impact on coverage.

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Jeremy Bowen

JEREMY BOWEN is the Middle East Editor of the BBC and has been a special correspondent for BBC Television News since March 2003. He previously co-presented BBC One’s ‘Breakfast’ for two years after its launch in October 2000. As a seasoned war correspondent, he has reported from more than 70 countries,covering conflicts in the Gulf, El Salvador, Lebanon, the West Bank, Afghanistan, Croatia, Bosnia,Chechnya, Somalia and Rwanda.

Gideon LevyGIDEON LEVY is a journalist and editor for Haaretz newspaper, and is a vociferous critic of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories through his weekly column ‘The Twilight Zone’. In addition to his work at Haaretz, Levy has published a compilation of his articles and edited or written documentaries and other programs. He also hosted ‘A Personal meeting with Gideon Levy’, a weekly talk show that was broadcast on Israeli cable TV, and has appeared periodically on other television talk shows.

Mansoor Al Jamri

MANSOOR AL JAMRI is the Editor of Al Wasat newspaper, Bahrain. After being forced to resign by the government in April 2011, he was restored to his previous position by the Board of Directors. Al Wasat is widely credited with being the first Bahraini newspaper to voice opposition views.


Cutting Edge Award – acknowledges the work of media professionals who have risen to prominence through the outstanding quality of their work and their balanced and considered coverage

Paul WoodPAUL WOOD is a Middle East correspondent for the BBC. Recently, he covered the developments in Syria, with inside reporting from the city of Homs. In August 2011, he was in Libya, covering the advance of the protestors’ troops against Gaddafi. He was in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and in Fallujah during the battle for the city. In 2004 he covered the devastating suicide attacks on pilgrims in Karbala. He was previously the BBC’s Belgrade reporter, filing stories from behind Serbian lines while travelling with Kosovar guerrillas during the NATO bombing in June 1999. He reported also from Croatia, Bosnia, and Macedonia, Chechnya, Algeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Sudan, and Darfur. He was previously a correspondent for the BBC in Northern Ireland and a producer in the World Service newsroom at Bush House.

Lifetime Achievement Award – is presented to a figure who has had a long and distinguished career in the media, and who has worked tirelessly for the promotion of better understanding.

Roger CohenROGER COHEN is a columnist for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times and has worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen different countries. Roger joined The New York Times in 1990 as a foreign correspondent, and after more than a decade was promoted to foreign editor in 2002. Since 2004, he has written a column, ‘The Globalist’, for the International Herald Tribune. Roger has also written two books on his experiences of covering the Balkans during the wars of the early 1990s and American POWs during WWII, and co-written a biography of General Norman Schwarzkopf.

Breakaway Award - encourages new talent, either in mainstream journalism or in the fields of internet news and citizen journalism.

Sherine TadrosSHERINE TADROS is an Al Jazeera English presenter who reported from in Tahrir Square last year. Sherine started her journalism career as Al Arabiya’s senior producer in London, working across Europe for the Dubai-based network. She led the team for the UK general elections in 2005 and covered the London bombings the same year. In 2005, Sherine joined Al Jazeera in London and a year later moved to Doha as a reporter/producer, reporting from across the world. Highlights include covering the Hamas takeover of Gaza, the US presidential race and the takeover of West Beirut by Hezbollah in May 2008.

Outstanding Contribution to New Media Award

Hiwa OsmanHIWA OSMAN is commended for his “Thoughts From Iraq” blog. He is also a respected columnist on the English language Kurdish paper, Rudaw, which was founded in 2008 by a group of journalists concerned with the lack of a media outlet which would focus on balanced investigative reporting that would hold the authorities to account. Hiwa is also currently the Senior Media Advisor in Iraq for the Institute of War & Peace Reporting.

Outstanding Contribution to Journalism Award

Ambassador Mark Hambley and Dame Ann LeslieDAME ANN LESLIE writes for The Daily Mail newspaper. Her career in journalism began at the Manchester news desk of the Daily Express in 1962. Ann moved to The Daily Mail in 1967 where she now works as their foreign correspondent. Her political reports have covered significant events around the world, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela’s final walk to freedom. Ann’s opinion is frequently sought on news discussion programmes such as ‘Head to Head’, ‘Stop the Week’, ‘Newsnight Review’ and ‘Dateline London’.

Outstanding Contribution to Peace Award

Hillel Schenker and Ziad AbuzayyadHILLEL SCHENKER and ZIAD ABUZAYYAD were awarded a joint special prize for their contribution to peace through their work at the Palestine-Israel Journal. The Journal is an independent, non-profit, Jerusalem-based quarterly that aims to shed light on and analyze freely and critically, the complex issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians.