2013 Winners

The Peace Through Media Award –  for senior journalists who have contributed to better understanding throughout their careers

PAT LANCASTER is the editor of Middle East Magazine. Pat joined a Fleet Street news agency specialising in the Middle East in the late 1970s. She has also worked for a Gulf government news agency, travelled extensively in the region conducting interviews for a selection of British andArab daily newspapers and magazines, and is the author of three books. She was the deputy editor of Gulf States Newsletter before joiningThe Middle East Magazine in the late 1980s, becoming editor in 1995. Pat purchased the magazine in 2011 to save it from closing down, and is now the magazine’s editor-proprietor.

IGAL SARNA  is a columnist for mass circulation daily Yediot Ahronot.  As a feature story writer, he frequently visited the West Bank and Gaza, telling human stories about Palestinians living under the occupation.   As an IDF veteran who fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973/74, he also has written harsh critiques of Israeli military policies and about the tragedies of war. Today he writes a weekly column in the widely read weekend edition of the newspaper devoted to commentary on various aspects of Israeli life.  He began his journalistic career as a writer for the now-defunct cutting edge daily Hadashot.  He is also a successful prize-winning author of a number of books.

WAEL DAHDOUH is the Al-Jazeera correspondent in Gaza. He was formerly the correspondent for Al Arabeya channel – Dubai, in the Gaza Strip. Prior to that Wael worked for Iranian Arab Television (Sahar TV channel), Al Amal TV – West Bank -Correspondent, for Al-Quds Newspaper – Jerusalem, and for Al Etehad newspaper – Nasrah, and Al Watan Voice magazine – West Bank, as a Correspondent in the Gaza Strip.

Photography and Visual Media Award - given to photographers, or artists who have produced consistently excellent work in some of the world’s most war-torn regions.

DON MCCULLIN is an internationally known British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career, which began in 1959, has specialised in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and the impoverished.  He is the author of a number of books, including The Palestinians (with Jonathan Dimbleby, 1980), Beirut: A City in Crisis (1983), and Don McCullin in Africa (2005). His book, Shaped by War (2010), was published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North, Salford, England in 2010 and then at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and the Imperial War Museum, London. His most recent publication is Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire, a poetic and contemplative study of selected Roman and pre-Roman ruins in North Africa and the Middle East.

Lifetime Achievement - given to a figure who has had a long and distinguished career in the media, and who has, during this time, worked tirelessly for the promotion of better understanding.

BENJAMIN POGRUND is a South African born in the anti-apartheid movement who immigrated to Israel.  He is very active in the peace movement (Yakar) and bringing Israelis and Palestinians together. He contributes to the Guardian and many other papers.  He was previously chief sub-editor on the Independent’s foreign desk.



The Cutting Edge Award-  awarded to journalists in recognition of their high standards of analysis and reporting, often in conflict situations

LINA SINJAB  is a journalist for the BBC and has been the Damascus correspondent since 2008. She has reported from all over the county since the start of the regime’s crackdown, including from the flashpoint city of Homs. She has an MSc in International Politics from SOAS.



NABILA RAMDANI  is a French freelance journalist of Algerian descent, currently based in London.  She is a columnist for many publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. She is also a commentator for a wide range of TV programs including for the BBC and Al Jazeera. Her reports included exposing the Blair-Gaddafi meeting, and the assets of the Al Assad family overseas.

RACHEL SHABI is a journalist who has written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East. Her award-winning book, ‘Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands’, was published in 2009. She has also written for the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Independent on Sunday and Al-Jazeera English online.



The New Media Award - given to those who have fostered better understanding and peace through new media, including blogs and social media.

MAHMOUD AL YOUSIF  is known to many as the ‘Blogfather’ and is considered to be the “father of Bahraini bloggers”. He specialises in new media and is known for his liberal and non-sectarian approach. His blog is dedicated to critiquing the Bahrain government, discussing local and world politics, religion , society as well as his day-to-day life.


The Breakaway Award  - for young journalists who have already begun to make an impact at the beginning of their careers.

GEORGE BUTLER  is a British war artist observing the situation in Syria on the ground. He studied Illustration at Kingston University until 2007 before he started his first project as a guest of the British Army in Afghanistan. Drawing has led him around the world and his work has been exhibited in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 2008, 2009 & 2010.


Award for Outstanding Achievement

RANIA ALATTAR  is an Iraqi journalist for the BBC Arabic service. During Saddam’s rule, her father and brother were executed for political reasons. In 2003, she began her career in journalism and broadcasting with BBC Radio in Baghdad. She later moved to another Iraqi TV station, Nahrain TV where she worked as a presenter and correspondent; her fields included politics culture and entertainment. During this time she presented shows such as the daily newscast, Baghdad Today, the weekly musical programme, Bayuna, and the cinema show, Nejoom. Tragically, her sister was accidently killed by American forces in Iraq. Alattar later joined Al-Hurrah TV in the US. She later joined BBC Arabic TV London for the launch of the station and remains its only Iraqi presenter. Her life and work were the subject of a two part CNN documentary subtitled an Iraqi woman leading a life plagued by tragedy.

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