Peace Through Media Awards
DAOUD KUTTAB is a Palestinian journalist. He represents a moderate voice among the Palestinians. A former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He is the director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University and founder/general director of AmmanNet, the Arab world’s first internet radio station. He is a regular columnist for the Jordan Times, the Jerusalem Post, Amin.org, Haaretz, The Palestinian News Network and The Washington Post‘s PostGlobal segment. He has conducted training workshops in Iran as a UNESCO media expert and was managing Editor of “Al Fajr”, the Palestinian English weekly formerly published in Jerusalem (1982-1987).
DONALD MACINTYRE has been The Independent‘s Jerusalem correspondent since 2004. Donald Macintyre was the paper’s Chief Political Commentator for eight years and before that Political Editor of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. He has written for the Daily Express, Sunday Times, Times and Sunday Telegraph.
DOV ALFON is Editor In Chief of Ha’aretz newspaper, the oldest newsdaily in Hebrew and one of the most respected newspapers in the world. Before he started to work at Ha’aretz in 1989, Dov worked for the radical weekly Koteret Rashit. He is noted for his revolutionary makeover of the Ha’aretz weekend magazine, where he was editor from 1992 to 1998. In 1994 he began writing one of the first columns about the Internet in the mainstream press worldwide; and “Captain Internet” still appears in the Haaretz pages twice a week. With the death of Ohad Zmora, founder of Kinneret Zmora Publishers, Dov Alfon was called to replace him as the chief editor of the venerable publishing house. He left Ha’aretz to take up this post in 2004, doubling sales within a year. Kinneret-Zmora is now the undisputed leader of the book trade in Israel. On May 1, 2008, he returned to Haaretz – this time as Editor in Chief. He is the fifth editor in the 90 years of the newspaper’s existence. Dov Alfon hosts a weekly cultural show on Israel’s Channel 2 Television, now in its fourth season.
GIDEON LEVY is a journalist and editor for Haaretz newspaper, and is a vociferous critic of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. Levy’s weekly column in Haaretz, “The Twilight Zone”, deals with the politically and emotionally charged subject of the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, and their conflicts with Israel’s military and with Jewish settlers. He has been called everything from a “propagandist for the Hamas” to a “heroic journalist”. In addition to his work at Haaretz, Levy has published a book, hosted a television show, and edited or written documentaries and other programs.
ILANA DAYAN-ORBACH is a journalist, jurist and anchorwoman. She is best known as host of the investigative television program Uvda (“Fact”) on Israel’s Channel 2. Whilst drafted to the IDF during the First Lebanon War she served as producer, editor and correspondent for Israel Army Radio. She was the first woman correspondent in the station’s history. Near the end of her regular service she began presenting the morning program with Yitzhak Ben-Ner, and later with Micha Friedman. At the age of 23 she became the first woman on the presenting staff of Erev Hadash (“New Evening”) on Israel’s Educational Television. Meanwhile, she travelled to the United States to receive a PhD in law from the Yale University. During her studies there, she also wrote a bi-weekly column for Yediot Aharonot. In November 1993, when the Israeli channel 2 was launched, she started hosting her television program, Uvda. She also presents a morning program on current affairs for the Israel Army Radio.
ISMAIL KHAN is the Dawn Bureau Chief, Peshawar. He began his professional career as a reporter for The News at its Peshawar Bureau in 1991 and was soon promoted to become senior reporter. He was promoted as Bureau Chief of The News shortly before he resigned to join Daily Dawn as its Peshawar bureau chief in March 2001. Khan is presently the resident editor of the newspaper in Peshawar looking after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. He has also been working for The New York Times as its correspondent in Peshawar since 2001 covering the entire region. He strings for Reuters and is a senior regional analyst for the Voice of America’s Pashto “Deewa” Radio. In the early 1990s when no one had heard of Al-Qaeda and the many terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, he was one of the first reporters to cover the subject. Khan was one of the journalists who met Bin Laden in August 1998. Previously he wrote for the Wall Street Journal, News Week, The Sunday Times and Der Speigal.
JONATHAN FREEDLAND writes a weekly column for The Guardian. He is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series, The Long View. He has also published five books, including three best-selling thrillers under the name Sam Bourne.
LYSE DOUCET is a presenter and correspondent for both BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television. Most recently, she has interviewed the President of Syria, Bashar al Assad, the UN’s outgoing Secretary General Kofi Annan, King Abdullah of Jordan, the Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi. She played a key role in BBC coverage of the war between Israeland Hezbollah in 2006, the war in Iraqin 2003, and Afghanistanin 2001.
MARTIN FLETCHER is associate editor and former foreign editor of The Times. He has also worked for The Times as a political journalist, as Washington Bureau Chief, as Belfast correspondent, and as Europe correspondent based in Brussels. He was foreign editor from 2002 and 2006. Since then he has worked as a roving correspondent specialising mostly in foreign affairs, reporting from many countries. He is also the author of The Good Caff Guide, Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America and Silver Linings: Travels around Northern Ireland.
MAZHAR ABBAS is the Secretary General of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and deputy director of ARY One World Television, a major 24-hour, Urdu-Hindi bilingual news channel in Pakistan. His thirty year career in journalism has often exposed him to danger. Threats to his life have included once finding a bullet in an envelope attached to his car. In 2007 he was charged by the police after protesting the enforced closure of three TV channels for reporting on protests against President Musharraf. He was also on the hit list of the ethnic political group Mohajir Rabita Council based in the southern province of Sindh. He previously worked as a correspondent for AFP during which time he covered the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, from the Wall Street Journal. Throughout his career, Abbas has consistently championed the cause of free press in Pakistan.
MOHAMMAD SHAFI is a distinguished Egyptian journalist who has written for Sharq al-Awsat over the past several years. His articles are of ground breaking interest. He was one of the first Arab journalists to enter Kurdish Iraq and report from there. He has also travelled to Afghanistanand Baghdadamong other such areas to report on stories on a first hand basis. He covers issues from political intrigue to affairs of great social and political import.
RAHIMULLAH YUSUFZAI is a renowned journalist covering Afghanistanand Pakistan. He is a member of South Asian Journalists Association. He is based in Peshawarwhere he works as the Executive Editor of the English language Pakistani newspaper, The News International. Yusufzai was the last journalist to interview Osama bin Laden. He also works as correspondent and analyst for Time Magazine and BBC Urdu and Pashtu services for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwaprovince ofPakistan. Yusufzai’s knowledge of religious militancy inAfghanistan,Pakistan and the tribal areas bordering both the countries is second to none.
SEMADAR PERRY is The Middle East Editor of Yediot Ahronot daily. She also writes a regular column for Ynet News. She has been reporting on the peace process since the historic visit of the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt to Jerusalem in November 1977. Since then Perry has used her frequent visits to Egypt to expose senior Egyptian politicians to the Israeli readers of Yediot Ahronot, the largest newspaper inIsrael. Perry has conducted numerous exclusive interviews with Arab leaders including the late President Sadat, President Mubarak, the late King Hussein, King Abdullah the second of Jordan, the late Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas of The Palestinian Authority, and President Boteflikah of Algiers. In addition to daily reporting and news analysis Perry writes a weekly op-ed as well as contributing frequently to TV and radio news programs onMiddle East and Peace Process issues.
The Cutting Edge Award
ABIGAIL FIELDING-SMITH is a freelance Middle East correspondent based in Beirut. She has reported from Iran, Lebanon, Syriaand Yemenfor the LondonTimes, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Independent, the New Statesman magazine, the Scotsman and the Saturday National (Abu Dhabi). She has an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, and is a part-time Commissioning Editor for IB Tauris Publisher’s Middle East list.
BENJAMIN POGRUND worked for peace and started Israeli Arab dialogue in Londonback in 1989. He is a South African Jew, who fought against apartheid and runs the Yakar centre. He writes for peace and about peace. He was chief foreign sub at The Independent.
DELAWAR KHAN WAZIR works for the BBC Urdu service from Peshawar. He was previously based in South Waziristanand survived three attacks on his life. His 14 year old brother was kidnapped and killed. However, he continued to file his stories from Waziristan. In one incident while travelling in a car with other journalists they were ambushed and three were killed. Then he was moved to nearby Dera Ismail KhanTown. Later Delawar was kidnapped in Islamabad by the Pakistansecurity agencies. After tremendous pressure he was released and shifted to Londonfor six months by the BBC. Asked what makes it difficult when filing the stories about Waziristanand tribal areas, he replied “One example is whenever there is a drone attack, immediately the Taliban warned me that I must highlight in my reports those killed in the drone attack are women and children–even if the picture is otherwise, so as to gain sympathy. While Pakistani security forces warn me to mention in the report that foreign militants were targeted”.
FALAH AL THAHABI is an Iraqi journalist and the current managing director at Alhurra TV where he has worked in various roles since 2004. He has previously been a presenter at Free Europe Radio, was a technical editor at the Al Haqiqa Newspaper in Iraq and was also both technical editor and columnist at the Gender Magazine in Iraq. In 2010 he published a book called Reporter’s Diary in Baghdad in both English and Arabic where he has detailed some of his experiences as a reporter inBaghdad in recent years. Falah al Thahabi is the pen name of Falah H. Hleil.
HAROON RASHID is the Head of the BBC Urdu service in Pakistan. He covered the Taliban insurgency and Pakistanarmy’s operations against Pakistani Taliban in the North Westof the country. He also interviewed a number of important leaders of extremist religious organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He has a reputation as a very brave journalist willing to take risks to unearth a story.
KHALED ABU TOAMEH is a journalist and documentary producer. Born to an Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian Arab mother in the West Bank, Toameh refers to himself as an “Israeli-Arab-Muslim-Palestinian”. He has produced documentaries on the Palestinians for the BBC and Channel 4, along with Australian, Danish and Swedish TV. He previously worked for the Jerusalem Report as a senior reporter whilst also working for Al-Fajr as a correspondent. He describes his vision as being a world in which “if there is a Jew who would like to live inPalestine he is welcome, and if there is an Arab who would like to live inIsrael he is also welcome. In an ideal situation, peace means that people can live wherever they want.” Toameh formerly served as a lecturer with theSchool ofJournalism and Mass Communication at theUniversity ofMinnesota and also lectured at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
MAZIN LATIF is an Iraqi journalist and author. Trained in Psychology and literature, he has published many articles and op-eds in Iraqi magazines and newspapers including Almada, Alsabah and Dawlat Alqnoun. He is a member of the editorial forums of Alhiwar Almutamddin, Aljiran and Nathir and others. He previously managed the research centre of the Iraqi Satellite Channel. Latif has written and published many books: Almuthaqaf Altabie (Baghdad 2009), Ali Alwardi and the Iraqi Project (co-authored with Dr. Ali Thweini, 2009), Al-Iraq-Hiwar Albada’il (Baghdad 2009), Muthaqafoun Iraqioun – Hiwayat Nakhbawiya (Baghdad 2010), and Al Ikhwan Almuslimoun (The Muslim Brotherhood) in Iraq. He is currently working on a book entitled Iraqi Jews Immigration or Deportation.
MOHAMMED AL QADHI is the National’s Yemen correspondent. He has done some very brave and vigorous work this year. He also writes for Al-Jazeera English amongst others.
MULHEM ALMALIKA is editor and anchor of the Iraq Today programme. He established and regularly updates the Iraq Today website. Since 2007 Almalika has been editor, anchor and reporter for the Arabic transmission at DW Radio. He writes for various journals and websites including Elaph and DW English. Prior to this, Almalika worked as an editor in the Centre of Iraqi-Kuwaiti Studies in Qum, Iran, for its quarterly Aljewar Aladabi. He also worked as Arabic anchor and editor for Radio Qum and Arab and international news editor in the Iraqi Media Network TV (IMN) in Baghdad. Also in Baghdad he acted as news manager and media advisor at Radio Dijla in 2005. He has had 34 years of active journalism along with experience as a war correspondent in action from 1980-1988 during the Iraq-Iran war in the Iraqi front. David Sasson writes “Almalika is a remarkable journalist who is committed to objectivity, he is open-minded and his reports stick to the facts”.
NADA ABDEL SAMAD works for the BBC Arabic Service, and is based in Beirut. Ms. Abdel Samad was been widely praised for her personal bravery during the Israel-Lebanon conflict in 2006. She is also an author, and her new book Wadi Abu Jamil: Stories about the Jews of Beirut, represents a landmark in that she is the first Lebanese writer to cover this subject.
NIR HASSON is a Ha’aretz columnist. He has been working for them as an in the field journalist and his work on the settlements inEast Jerusalemhas been noted as particularly insightful. Before working in the field he spent a few years behind the news desk. He also writes for the Common Ground News Service on the Arab – Israeli conflict.
OHAD HEMO is a reporter for the Mabat news program, Channel One TV, Israel. He is fluent in Arabic and is the correspondent for the West Bank and Palestinian affairs. He covers the events in the occupied territories, Gaza, Jerusalem and the Arab towns and villages in Israel. He is known for his balanced reporting and is held in high esteem by the Palestinians. He covers the main evening news almost nightly on Channel Two. Mili Gottlieb writes “His untainted brave coverage is respected by both Palestinians and mainstream Israelis.”
OLIVER AUGUST is from the Times of London, and has headed their Baghdad Bureau over the past couple of years. He currently works on a freelance basis as the Baghdad bureau chief for The Times of London and The Economist. He has covered financial markets in America, Britain and China, and worked as a war correspondent in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. August has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, NPR, CNN and CNBC. He has contributed opinion articles to the L.A. Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has been in the thick of some of the most devastating bombings in Iraq recently and was nearly killed in that January attack on the Hamra Hotel, the Times’ previous headquarters in Iraq.
RACHEL SHABI was born in Israelto Iraqi parents and grew up in England. A journalist, she has written for a variety of national and international newspapers such as the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Independent on Sunday, English Al-Jazeera online, the National, Jane’s and Salon.com. For the past three years she has been based in Israel reporting on the Middle East conflict. She is now back in London. She has written a book on the internal conflict between European and Middle Eastern Jews called “Not the Enemy; Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands”.
RANIA ALATTAR is an Iraqi journalist for the BBC Arabic service. During Saddam’s rule, she lost her father and brother who 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 killed accidentally 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.
RIFFATULLAH ORAKZAI is the BBC Urdu Service correspondent in Peshawar. He has reported on high intensity political issues and conflict areas including Swat and tribal areas, often putting himself at risk in the process. He works under perpetual threat and pressure from Pakistani Taliban.
SAEED KAMALI DEHGHAN is an Iranian journalist. He has written frequently for The Guardian since October 2006 and was The Guardian correspondent in Iran in summer 2009. He is a trilingual journalist writing in Persian, English and French for a number of different newspapers around the world, including The Guardian, Le Monde and Etemaad. He covered Tehran unrest after the Iranian presidential election, 2009 for the foreign media including The Guardian, CNN, CBC, France 24 and Channel 4. He is a co-producer of the HBO’s documentary For Neda. He risked arrest to work secretly insideIran to locate and film interviews with Neda’s family for the first time and obtain unseen footage of her life for the HBO’s documentary about Neda.
The Breakaway Awards
ALICE FORDHAM is a freelance journalist working for The Times of London, Christian Science Monitor and as a correspondent for the Economist. She is only 27 and has done some fantastically brave and intelligent reporting from Baghdad on prisons, abuse by coalition forces, and corruption. Her work from the region has also appeared in The Telegraph, Prospect magazine, The National (Abu Dhabi), Global Post, and Niqash. Currently based in Iraq, she has reported extensively from Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.
FAISAL AL-YAFAI is a journalist for The Guardian. He also has a blog on Facebook and is a columnist for the National newspaper, the largest English newspaper in the Middle East. Much of his work is geared towards explaining the Middle East to the West and vice-versa, e.g. he wrote an article about the niqab for the Guardian, showing how complex the argument is within the region itself. He covers questions like ‘why political Islam has gained so much support in Arab countries’ and ‘what peace will really mean for Israeli and Palestinian citizens’. He has also written on the status of women. His star is clearly rising. He is becoming one of the most high profile young Arab journalists in the mainstream media.
LINDA MENUHIN-ABDUL AZIZ writes as a commentator on Middle East Affairs both in Israeland in the Arab media. Her father, an Iraqi Jew and respected attorney in Baghdad, disappeared after being abducted in 1972 by the Iraqi Mukhabarat. Linda fled from Iraqto Israelas a refugee in her 20s, integrated into Israeli society and became an activist for peace. Abdul-Aziz is a founding member of the Society for Peace with Syria and a member of the Advisory Board for the Smart Middle East forum. She also established Kanoon Association promoting Iraqi Jewish culture and music. From 1995-2000 Abdul-Aziz was the Foreign Press Liaison Officer for the Ministry of Public Security and served as a spokeswoman for the Union of Local Authorities. She also previously worked as head of the Middle East Affairs desk for The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) where she was formerly the news and program editor for their Arabic Radio. She currently writes opinion columns and articles in three languages in the Arab and Israeli press. She maintains two blogs; one in Hebrew and one in Arabic
SHERINE TADROS (Doha) 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 from the US to the Middle East. Highlights include covering the Hamas takeover of Gaza, the US presidential race and the takeover of West Beirut by Hezbollah in May 2008. During the Gaza conflict of 2008-09, Ms. Tadros and her colleague Ayman Mohyeldin were the only international English-language television reporters inside Gaza. Sherine holds two degrees in Middle East politics and taught undergraduate politics at SOAS, University of London.
The New Media Award
ABDUL KAREEM NABIL SULEIMAN is an Egyptian blogger known online as Kareem Amer. He previously studied law and began expressing his reformist opinions in 2004 via the platforms Modern Discussion, and later in 2005, Copts United. He has always been concerned about preserving an objective voice and encouraging free thinking. He is not afraid of openly speaking out where he believes criticism is due. Suleiman was imprisoned in Egypt for controversial entries in his blog which were considered to be anti-religious and opposed to the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak. While he was to have been released from prison in early November, he was finally released late on November 15th.
DR AWAB ALVI is a Pakistani blogger living and working in Karachias a dentist. His informative and incisive blog, TeethMaestro, never fails to interest and to raise important questions for anyone concerned about the future ofPakistan. Dr. Alvi is now presently practicing at theAlviDentalHospital. Teeth Maestro has blogged from July 2004 where initially he was based off a Blogspot address. Because of constant connectivity issues he migrated to his own domain in 2005 and now maintains his own blog URL.
ELIAS MUHANNA’s Qifa Nabki blog is about Lebanese politics, history, and culture. Elias Muhanna is a PhD student in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at HarvardUniversity. He works on Islamic social and intellectual history, classical Arabic literature, and has published on subjects ranging from medieval encyclopaedism, travel literature, and material culture in the pre-modern Mediterranean world. Elias has written on contemporary cultural and political affairs in the Middle East for several publications, including The Nation, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The National, Mideast Monitor, World Politics Review, Bidoun, and Transition, and is regularly quoted in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, and Al-Jazeera International. His blog generates debate by commentators from around the region, including Israelis and Americans of many different political hues. Kinninmont writes “He offers some of the best analysis of Lebanese politics to be found anywhere – clever, eloquent, sharp and non-ideological. And he writes some wonderful satire too.”
LISA GOLDMAN is a blogger and journalist who used to work for Ha’aretz newspaper. She is also the co-founder and editor of +972 Magazine which launched this year (972mag.com). +972 was established by a group of Israel’s leading left-wing journalists and bloggers. Contributors include veteran left-wing bloggers such as Dimi Reider, Ami Kaufman, Didi Remez and Yuval Ben-Ami. The site has quickly garnered a reputation for being fresh, thoughtful and insightful. Before her work at Ha’aretz newspaper she worked writing reports for ING Barings and worked as an editor for Random Logic. Since 2005 she worked as a freelance journalist contributing to Ha’aretz, Corriere Della Sera, The Guardian, the Jewish Daily Forward and has written a city guide to Tel Aviv. Her blog can be found at lisagoldman.net and has been hailed as one of the most insightful in Israel.
MEHRTASH RASTEGAR is the creator of Iranian reformist blog Seek truth and justice which he has been writing since February 2009. Born in the UK of Iranian parentage, he is a lawyer by training, with a particular emphasis on international human rights.
PHILIP WEISS is an American blogger who writes for Mondoweiss. The blog’s aim is publish important developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict, publish a diversity of voices, and to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy. The site has been running since 2006.
REIDAR VISSER’s exceptional reporting/blogging on Iraqi affairs means he is loved and hated for the same reasons by his admirers and “enemies”. Reida Visser is the creator of the Gulf Analysis blog and of Historiae.org, an internet outlet for historical research on topical issues in world politics, with a particular focus on political movements aimed at modifying or challenging existing state structures. Both sites have been praised for their nuanced insights into extremely complex social and political issues. Dr. Visser is a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the Gulf Research Unit at the Universityof Oslo.
Outstanding Contribution to Peace
HANIF HANGAM is from Toland TV about which Fowzia Kuffi states “Politicians ignore the programme but they should pay attention”. Hanif stars in an Afghan TV show called Alarm Bell a popular weekly satirical TV show which pokes fun at and lampoons Taliban rebels, warlords, UN diplomats and pilgrims to Mecca. Alarm Bell is the most popular satirical politics show in Afghanistan with a prime time slot every week. A couple of years ago he had to flee Afghanistan after Kabul Express, a film he starred in at the time, caused offence to many within Afghanistan.
HILLEL SCHENKER and ZIAD ABU ZAYYAD have been nominated for a joint special prize for their work at the Palestine-Israel Journal. The Palestine-Israel 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. Half of every issue is devoted to exploring a major theme on the joint Israeli-Palestinian agenda, while the other half contains regular sections relating to Culture, Economics, Viewpoints, Book Reviews, Documents and a Chronology of Events.
RONIT AVNI and RULAH SALAMEH (nominated for a joint prize). Ronit Avni is an Israeli peace activist and Rulah Salameh is a Palestinian peace activist, together they produced the 2009 film Budrus. Budrus documents a non-violent resistance movement led by Palestinian residents of Budrus against the Separation Fence built in theOccupiedTerritories. The film was screened at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2010. Avni is also the founder and executive director of Just Vision, a non-profit peace organization that tries to widen the grassroots peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Salalmeh is Just Vision’s outreach liaison inPalestine, organizing events, interviewing peace-builders and nonviolence activists, and maintaining contact with educators, journalists and community leaders.
Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting
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, Somaliaand Rwanda. Jeremy became the Middle Eastcorrespondent in 1995.
LOTFI HAJJI is head of the Tunisian Journalists Syndicate (SJT), and president of the union’s founding committee. The SJT was founded in May 2004 by some 150 journalists with a mission to defend freedom of the press, working conditions and professional ethics. Police began harassing Hajji in May 2004, when he helped set up the beleaguered Tunisian Journalists Syndicate. He was targeted not only as head of the syndicate, which was prevented from holding its first general assembly in September 2005, but also as a correspondent for Al-Jazeera. Hajji was denied a national press card and accreditation as correspondent for the Arabic satellite-TV channel, which was banned in Tunisia. In May 2006, Hajji was briefly detained by police who accused him of holding a “secret meeting at his home.” He was briefly held again in June 2006 for quoting a statement by a local human rights group about the alleged torture of a Tunisian prisoner in an article published on Al-Jazeera’s Web site.
AYMAN MOHYELDIN began his career less than ten years ago as a Desk producer at the Washington Bureau of NBC. Since then, he has covered almost every major news event in the Middle East. After leaving NBC, he spent 2 years in Iraqas a foreign news producer for CNN, covering the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. While at CNN, he was one of the few foreign journalists to cover the UShandover of Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities and was the first journalist to enter one of Libya’s nuclear research facilities. Ayman was one of the few foreign journalists to report from Gazain the 2008/9 war, and exposed the irregularities of the Egyptian electoral system with an exclusive report coinciding with the 2007 elections. During the 2011 Egyptian protests, Ayman broadcast extensively from the roof of the Al Jazeera Cairo bureau and was one of five Al Jazeera journalists arrested by the authorities for refusing to cease reporting after the Egyptian government revoked Al Jazeera’s broadcasting license. Mohyeldin was detained again after attempting to enter Tahrir square a week later.
JACKY ROWLAND is a Field Correspondent for Al Jazeera English inJerusalem. She worked previously for the BBC, and has over 16 years of covering conflict in the Balkans (as a BBC Foreign Affairs correspondent) and the Islamic world. She was notable during the NATO campaign againstSerbia in 2000 for defying an expulsion order from President Slobodan Milosevic and continuing to report from hiding. Ms. Rowland was called to testify in the war crimes trial of the former Serbian president where she was cross examined by Milosevic himself.
TARAK BEN AMMAR is an international movie producer and distributor. He is also the owner of French production and distribution company Quinta Communications and owner of Tunisia’s Nessma TV station, a commercial TV channel which has a range covering Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria Libya and Mauritania. He is famous for his interest in artistic movies, especially when they are related to Mediterranean culture or require North African locations. His producing credits include the Franco Zeffirelli film adaptation of La Traviata. On 19 May, 2010, he announced a “strategic relationship” with the Weinstein Company. Ben Ammar become well-known in France at the beginning of 2004 when he decided to distribute The Passion of The Christ after everybody else declined. He appeared on television talk shows, defending the movie. He is also known as the advisor of international investor Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, and French businessman Vincent Bolloré.