2012 Media Award Nominations

Nominations for the International Media Awards 2012

  1. Abigail Fielding-Smith is nominated by Alex Webster
  2. Alex Crawford, Dubai based Sky News field correspondent (a mum with four kids) did an excellent job, was consistently ahead of the rest of the news media in reporting from revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia. Nominated by Adel Darwish, Dame Ann Leslie, Roula Khalaf and Richard Beeston
  3. Al Masry Al Yom Daily newspaper. Egypt, is nominated by Deborah Pout
  4. Andrew Wilson, Sky News anchor, is nominated by Laila Asser
  5. ANN LESLIE writes for The Daily Mail newspaper. She spent her early years in India and Pakistan, and was schooled in India and England. Her career in journalism began at the Daily Express (Manchester) news desk in 1962. Leslie moved to the Daily Mail in 1967 where she now works as their foreign correspondent. Her political reports have covered many wars and conflicts around the world. Significant events on which she reported include the fall of the Berlin Wall, the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela's final walk to freedom. Leslie has also participated frequently on BBC discussion programmes including Head to Head, Stop the Week, Newsnight Review and Dateline London.
  6. Arabist.net, a blogsite with three bloggers, is nominated by Samuel Morris
  7. Bassem Yussef, satirist, nominated by Alex Webster
  8. Benjamin Pogrund, (South African/Israeli/British) Journalist Columnist, founder of Yakar, again started first peace dialogue between Palestinians, Israelis, Arabs and Jews in 1980s, and worked against Apartheid in 1960s and 1970s. Nominated by Adel Darwish
  9. Carolyn Sinnz - The French reporter of France3 who was raped in Egypt during the riots in the Tahrir square. Nominated by Vardit Niv
  10. DAVID LANDAU is the Israel correspondent for the Economist. He was formerly the editor of Haaretz newspaper. English-born, he only started working in the Hebrew language late in his career and as a strictly Orthodox Jew has always been a unique figure amidst the generally secular left-wing peace camp in Israel, but has never let others define him or obstruct his work towards peace. Daniela Peled writes "David is a superb campaigning journalist and editor who has showed himself to be consistently committed to peace and justice in the Middle East throughout his career; and never afraid of courting controversy or speaking his mind."
  11. 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.
  12. 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 Harvard University. 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."
  13. Emma Hurd, Sky correspondent, Jerusalem, Cairo, Africa, an example of honest best reporting without a hint of comment, opinion, but gives deep well researched background and always there before anyone else. Nominated by Adel Darwish
  14. Gershon Baskin, Jerusalem Post Columnist, nominated by June Jacobs
  15. 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.
  16. Gordon Correra nominated by Khalid Nadeem
  17. Harriet Sherwood of the Guardian Jerusalem is nominated by Laila Asser
  18. Hassan Khalil, owner of Al Akhbar, Lebanon, is nominated by Laila Asser
  19. 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.
  20. Hiwa Osman is commended for his "Thoughts From Iraq" blog. He is also a respected columnist on the English language Kurdish paper, Rudwan. See http://hiwaosman.com/. Nominated by Kamran Karadagi and Gary Kent
  21. Jane Corbin of the BBC Panorama program is nominated by Veronica Morris
  22. 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. Jeremy became the Middle East correspondent in 1995.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 in Palestine he is welcome, and if there is an Arab who would like to live in Israel he is also welcome. In an ideal situation, peace means that people can live wherever they want." Toameh formerly served as a lecturer with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and also lectured at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
  25. Latif Mazin, Baghdad, is nominated by David Sasson
  26. Lina Sinjab of the BBC is nominated by Laila Asser
  27. Lisa Goldman - Journalist and blogger, Blog: http://972mag.com/author/lisa/ Over the past seven years she has covered events in Israel-Palestine and the neighbouring states as a freelance journalist for established media outlets, and as a blogger. Just over one year ago, she co-founded Israel's first progressive blog-based digital magazine in English - +972 Magazine (972mag.com) and migrated her personal blog, which she started in 2005, to that platform. She has a deep commitment to accurate reporting, to civil rights and to ending Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian territories; her and her fellow bloggers write for +972 on a volunteer basis. This past March she traveled to Egypt and stayed for two months, reporting on the revolution for +972 Magazine. She happened to be in the West Bank village of Bil'in when a local woman, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, collapsed and was taken to hospital, where she died the following day. The attending (Palestinian) physician said she had died from asphyxiation due to massive inhalation of tear gas. The Israeli army spokesperson disputed the physician's report, claiming that the army had not used an unusually large amount of tear gas at that demonstration. In response, she wrote an article for +972 Magazine ("In the West Bank, everyone knows there is no accountability") that documented the events as she had witnessed them. The New York Times cited this article. Nominated by David Sasson, Sami Mickhael and Rachel
  28. Lisa Holland of Sky News is nominated by Ann Leslie (see Sky News below)
  29. Lyse Doucet, BBC News special correspondent is nominated by Veronica Morris
  30. Ma'an News Agency, Palestine
  31. Mansour Al Jamieh, Editor of Al Wasat newspaper, is nominated by Fatema Abuidrees, William Morris and Laila Asser
  32. Martin Fletcher of The Times who reported undercover from Syria, from Tahrir Square when Mubarak fell and from Libya with the rebels and the government and was there the day Tripoli fell. He also kept up the pressure on Iran for its human rights violations and nuclear expansion. Potkin writes: He has tirelessly covered the recent frantic events in the Middle East and North Africa. He was arrested in Syria, was at the forefront of the events in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia and despite not being allowed in Iran, managed to report on some first hand events in Iran with front page headlines. Nominated for Peace Through Media Award by Richard Beeston. Also nominated by Potkin.
  33. Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English Senior Political Analyst, host of the program 'Empire' is nominated by Mayada Mourad
  34. Nadim Ladki, Editor-in-Chief of the Beirut Daily Star and former Reuters Bureau Chief, is nominated by Deborah Pout
  35. Othman Al Omeir, Elaf owner, nominated by David Sasson
  36. Pat Lancaster of Middle East Magazine is nominated by William Morris
  37. Paul Wood of the BBC who managed to sneak into Homs and produce an uncensored version of what is happening in Syria. Nominated by Richard Beeston and Roula Khalaf
  38. 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.
  39. Rana Jawad of the BBC is nominated for a Breakaway award for her work on Libya by Deborah Pout
  40. Razan Ghazzawi, detained Syrian blogger
  41. Robert Fox, the Evening Standard Defence expert is nominated by Deborah Pout
  42. Roger Cohen - Columnist for the International Herald Tribune and New York Times. Nominated by June Jacobs
  43. Sarah Birke is a freelance writer in the Middle East. She moved to Damascus, Syria in 2008, after two years working at The Times in London. She has reported from the region ever since, with a focus on then little-covered Syria. When the uprising broke out in March, she worked undercover to cover it for the Economist, as well as other outlets. She travelled twice to Homs and to the city Hama during the month in which the city was liberated. She has also reported from other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Libya, Egypt and Liberia. This work includes a cover feature on women behind rebel lines in Benghazi in March, published in The National magazine. Her work has been published in the Economist, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, le Monde Diplomatique, Foreign Policy, New Statesman and London Review of Books blog. Articles: This was the first dispatch from Homs in international press: http://www.economist.com/node/18745138 Homs second dispatch: http://www.economist.com/node/18836440 Hama dispatch: htttp://www.economist.com/node/18958655 Libya feature: http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/africa/the-women-fighting-organising-feeding-and-healing-libya-s-revolution nominated by Alice Fordham
  44. Seif Al Khayat, Iraq, nominated by David Sasson
  45. Sheera Frankel - Times Jerusalem correspondent. Nominated by Michael Binyon
  46. Sherin Tadrus - Alejazeera English presenter in Tahrir Square. Nominated by Adel Darwish
  47. Sky News - Dame Ann Leslie writes: Just a thought: Sky News for an award. At times of crisis in the Middle East (and there's sure been a lot of them!) I always turn to Sky. Alex Crawford, their mother-of-four correspondent (cf. The Battle for Zawahiya) is, justifiably, currently racking up hosts of awards. But other excellent correspondents include Lisa Holland and Stewart Ramsay. But my individual reward would go to their Foreign Editor Tim Marshall. He is superb when on the road (I was especially impressed by his work in Egypt and Libya) and his commentaries are calm, authoritative, fair and, to me at any rate, utterly trustworthy. He does not show off, weighs the evidence and eschews leaping to sensationalist conclusions. An absolute model of how the job should be done.
  48. Smadar Perry - Middle East editor at Yediot Aharonot daily newspaper. Born in Haifa, married to Dr. Chaim Perry (M.D. Urologist), they both have a daughter and son. Mrs. Perry has been reporting on peace process since the historic visit of The Late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt in Jerusalem November 1977. Since then Perry was using her frequent visits to Egypt to expose Egyptian senior politicians as well as intellectuals and all kinds of unknown social and economic phenomenon's there to the Israeli readers of Yediot Ahronot, the largest newspaper in Israel. Later on Mrs. Perry did the same reporting in Jordan and 6 other Arab and Muslim countries. Mrs. Perry has conducted numerous exclusive interviews with Arab leaders: The Late President Sadat and President Mubarak of Egypt. The Late King Hussein and King Abdullah The Second of Jordan, The Late Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas of The Palestinian Authority, President Boteflikah of Algiers , President of Turkey Arab Foreign Ministers etc. In recent years Mrs. Perry has been writing on women affairs in the Muslim world and obstacles in establishing mutual relations and people to people getting together on both sides. In addition to daily reporting and news analysis Mrs. Perry is writing a weekly op ed as well as her frequent contribution to TV and radio news programs on Middle East and peace process. Nominated by Vardit Niv
  49. Stewart Ramsay of Sky News is nominated by Dame Ann Leslie (see above)
  50. Sue Lloyd Roberts, BBC Newsnight, first journalist into Homs is nominated by Deborah Pout
  51. Tim Marshall of Sky News is nominated by Dame Ann Leslie (see above)
  52. Yoav Lemmer - AFP (Agence France Presse) JRI (Journalist Reporter Des Image) Born in Jerusalem on September 4th 1967. At the age of 10, discovered photography, which quickly became his main passion. In 199o, at the age of 22, decided to take the path of photojournalism, combining passion and will to try and 'change' the world, by striving for truth. During this year managed to freelance for almost all Israeli newspapers existing at the time, including Yediot Aharonot daily, Ha'aretz daily, the Jerusalem Post and more. In 1991, started working for the French News Agency, (Agence France Presse) AFP, intensively covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the same time continued ties with Ha'aretz daily, and with the French photo agency SIPA press. In 1999 was based by the AFP in South Africa as a staff shooter, to cover the whole area of Southern Africa. In the year 2000, covered Mozambique. In 2003, returned to Israel, and was based by the AFP in Tel Aviv, to continue the coverage of the above conflict. In 2004, was offered by the agency, to take a new path in their television service as a JRI (Journalist Reporter Des Image). Continues to work in the West Bank in video, producing feature stories and news coverage. Links for Yoav Lemer's photo gallery slide show and clip's. http://yoavlemmer-afp.photoshelter.com/gallery-list  - press: slide show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GeV7WJ58U&feature=youtube_gdata_player http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GeV7WJ58U&feature=youtube_gdata_player  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WMH5Qn3ms&feature=youtube_gdata_player Nominated by Vardit Niv
  53. Yosri Fouda is nominated by Laila Asser
  54. Zeina Badawi nominated by Khalid Nadeem