New Nomination List for 2012 Media Awards

The International Media Awards 2012


(subject to further short-listing) (Note that the panel reserves the right to change the categorisation of names on this list) (Note that anyone may nominate but only media professionals may vote)

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented 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. There is usually only one winner in this category. Nominations are:

1. 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.
2. 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."
3. NADIM LADKI, Editor in Chief of the Beirut Daily Star for a lifetime Achievment award. Veteran journalist Nadim Ladki was made Editor-in-Chief of the Beirut Daily Star in November 2010. Ladki who was previously Reuters bureau chief, news and television, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, has 24 years behind him in senior positions in the media with extensive experience in the affairs of the region, covering political, economic, social and other topics. Nominated by Deborah Pout
4. OTHMAN AL OMEIR, Saudi Journalist and Editor, Al-Omeir has been editor in chief of Al-Yawm newspaper, editor in chief of Al-Majalla, and a member of the board of directors for Al-Jazeera newspaper in Saudi Arabia. He is currently a member of the Royal Academy in Morocco, and in 2006 he was awarded Media Man of the Year by the Arab Media Forum in Dubai. Elaf owner, nominated by David Sasson
5. PAT LANCASTER of Middle East Magazine is nominated by William Morris. Pat Lancaster joined a Fleet Street news agency specialising in the Middle East in the late 1970s. She has worked for a Gulf government news agency, travelled extensively in the region conducting interviews for a selection of British and Arab daily newspapers and magazines and is the author of three books. She was the deputy editor of Gulf States Newsletter before joining The Middle East magazine in the late 1980s, becoming editor in 1995.
6. ROGER COHEN - Columnist for the International Herald Tribune and New York Times. Nominated by June Jacobs. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen different countries. Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. Since 2004, he has written a column for The Times-owned International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, since 2007, for the Op-Ed page. In 2009 he was named a columnist of The New York Times.
The Peace Through Media Awards
The Peace Through Media Awards are given to journalists or broadcasters of outstanding calibre. They are selected because their work is of such quality that it has helped to foster a climate of peace and understanding. Past winners include Mr Jihad al Khazen of Al Hayat, Mr Danny Levi Rubinstein of Haaretz and Mr Michael Binyon of The Times. Normally three awards are made in this category. We would be grateful if panellists could therefore cast three votes. Nominations are:
Middle Eastern journalists
1. HASSAN KHALIL, owner of Al Akhbar, Lebanon, Al-Akhbar defines its political orientation to be affiliated to the general popular political stream working for independence, freedom, anti-war, anti-occupation and social justice in Lebanon and around the world. The paper has published articles involving women's rights and gay rights. Nominated by Laila Asser
2. MARWAN BISHARA, Al Jazeera English's senior political analyst and the editor & host of Empire, which examines global powers and their agendas. He was previously a professor of International Relations at the American University of Paris and a fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales. Bishara's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Monde and The Nation, among other outlets. Nominated by Mayada Mourad
3. 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 Afghanistan and Baghdad among 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.
4. MANSOUR AL JAMIEH, Editor of Al Wasat newspaper, Bahrain. Son of the spiritual leader of Bahrain Sheik Abdul-Amir Al-Jamri. After being forced to resign by the government in April 2011, he was restored to his previous position by the Board of Directors. Widely credited with being the first Bahraini newspaper to voice opposition views. Nominated by Fatema Abuidrees, William Morris and Laila Asser


Israeli journalists

1. 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.
2. 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
3. GERSHON BASKIN, Jerusalem Post Columnist, nominated by June Jacobs. Gershon served as IPCRI (The Israel/Palestine Cnter for Research and Information) co-Director until December 2011. Twenty-four years ago, in March 1988, during the fourth month of the first intifada he rode into the Dheishe refugee camp in search of answers. He wanted to know if the Palestinian people were prepared to recognize Israel and to support the two-states solution. His subsequent work for peace has been remarkable.
Western journalists
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. LYSE DOUCET is a presenter and correspondent for both BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television. 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 Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, the war in Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan in 2001. Lyse Doucet, BBC News special correspondent is nominated by Veronica Morris
4. 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. Martin Fletcher of The Times 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.
5. ROBERT FOX, the Evening Standard Defence expert is nominated by Deborah Pout. Robert Fox, has worked as a journalist and broadcaster since 1967, and is defence correspondent for the Evening Standard.
6. 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.

The Cutting Edge Awards

The Cutting Edge Awards are an acknowledgement of the work of media professionals who have risen to prominence through the outstanding quality of their work and their balanced and considered coverage. Past recipients include Mr Jacki Hugi of Maariv, Mr. Robert Tait of The Observer and Ms. Mina al Oraibi of Sharq al Awsat. As with the Peace Through Media Award, there will almost certainly be three final winners, so please cast three votes if possible. Nominations are:

Middle Eastern journalists

1. 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).
2. 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. Mazin is nominated by David Sasson, Jacky Hugi and Itai Angel
3. MSHARI AL ZAYDI is currently Opinion Page Editor at Asharq Al-Awsat, to which he also contributes a weekly column. Mshari made his name with the Majalat Al-Majallah magazine, where he participated in discussions about Saudi conflicts before 9/11, including discussion on Shiaa minority issues, women's rights, and Islamic fatwas. He went on to work for a number of other Saudi newspapers, including Al Madina and Al Watan, which he joined upon its launch in 2000. He is a particular expert on Islamic movements, Islamic fundamentalism and Saudi affairs. Using his unique insight into Islamist politics, he has become an authoritative voice on political Islam. He has also been a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs as an expert on Islamic extremism, going on to participate in the 3rd round of the Saudi National Debate in Mecca. As a result of his outspoken opinions, he was recently targeted in a terror plot uncovered after members of the Al Khaldiyah terrorist cell were arrested. An example of his work is available at:
4. SEIF AL KHAYAT, Iraq, A journalist who works for the state-owned television network who wrote a book about the former Governing Council. Was run over by a police car in Baghdad on what has been described as a 'Black day for freedom' in Iraq, during a government crackdown on journalists in March 2011. nominated by David Sasson
5. YOSRI FOUDA, Head of Al Jazeera's London Bureau, is a journalist who initially worked for the BBC's short-lived Arabic-subsidiary covering the ongoing struggle in Bosnia with veteran reporter Martin Bell. He currently works for the independent Cairo-based ON TV, which is largely owned by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris. He is the co-author of 'Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Attack The World Has Ever Seen', published in 2003 by Arcade Publishing. Nominated by Laila Asser
6. ZEINAB BADAWI. Zeina works for the BBC. She was the first presenter of the ITV Morning News and co-presented Channel 4 News with Jon Snow (1989-1998), before joining BBC News. Badawi is currently the presenter of World News Today broadcast on both BBC Four and BBC World News. She was born in Sudan. Nominated by Khalid Nadeem.
7. ZUBAIDA AKBAR. During this year Zubaida has organized two regional conferences with the Afghan Media and international stakeholders for further transparency in the development process. Currently Zubaida works as a media consultant in UNFPA. Her work is mainly focused on reproductive health i.e managing a Fistula media campaign. Through her own organization Hadia - Afghan Youth Volunteer Group for Social Reform she works on a media campaign for Ms. Batool Moradi who has been accused of adultery by her husband and has been struggling to reclaim her dignity. Facebook:!/ Nominated for a special award by Claudia Shaffer
8. AZZA TURKI Tunisian journalist at Realites political magazine. Ms Azza Turki is a political journalist for the weekly francophone Realites newspaper, spending her efforts in covering and investigating the new reality of Tunisia.
9. RANDA HABIB A French journalist of Lebanese origin. She has spent 25 years covering war, politics and economic development in the Middle East and has been the bureau chief of AFP in Amman since 1987.She was the first journalist to interview King Abdullah when he ascended to the throne and has written extensively on the Royal Family. Her book, called Hussein and Abdullah: Inside the Jordanian Royal Family was published in 2007 and described by Avi Shlaim as 'A highly informative source on the recent history of Jordan'. AFP Amman

Israeli journalists

1. 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. He was chief foreign sub at The Independent. Nominated by Adel Darwish
2. 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. - press: slide show Nominated by Vardit Niv
3. ZVI YECHEZKEELI - Arab affairs Channel 10. He is an Arab affairs correspondent and head of the Arab desk at Israeli News 10, the news division of Israel 10. Born in 1970, he served in an infantry unit in the IDF and, after his military service, was sent abroad for a few years by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Back in Israel at the age of 25, he attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, majoring in Media and Middle East History, and he graduated in Media and Journalism at the Koteret school of journalism. He joined Israel's Army Radio as the Gaza and West Bank reporter and occasionally contributed to the Israeli Channel 1's "Yoman" with various reports. In 2002, he left the Israel Defense Forces Radio to join News 10 as the head of Desk for Arab Affairs. Today, he takes an active and integral part in News 10's London & Kirschenbaum with reports about Arabia and the Middle East. In 2006, he won many praises for his courage in covering the Second Lebanon War, and it recognized efforts in finding a common ground between Israel and the Arab word. Nominated by Deborah Pout
4. RINA MAZLIACH - Journalist Channel 2. Political correspondent for Channel 2, working at the News Company sector. With its creation in 1993, Channel 2 broke up the 25-year Channel 1 monopoly in Israel broadcasting, enhancing pluralism with the first commercial channel financed by franchisees. Along with his work as Tv and radio commentator, she takes part to several events aimed at promoting peace and dialogue in the Arab-Israel struggle. She is particularly critical to Israel Prime Minister behaviour, defining Netanyahu as the most ideologically committed Prime Minister of Israel of the last decades. Nominated by Deborah Pout.
5. NABILA RAMDANI - Israeli journalist. She is freelance journalist born in Paris, with distinguished studies both in the UK and in France. Her expertise areas cover Islamic Affairs, Arab Word and Anglo-French issues. She writes columns for several UK newspapers (as The Guardian , The Observer, London Evening Standard and The Newstatesman): moreover, she produces features and news stories for many UK (Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday) and French (Le Parisienne, Marienne, L'Express, Le Monde, Le Figaro). Her work has appeared also on various Middle East newspapers, as The Nation, Gulf News, Daily News Egypt, Al and The Majalla. Nabila is a commentator for the BBC's Woman's Hour, Today programme, You and Yours, PM, and Newsnight, Al Jazeera's Inside Story, France Inter, France Télévisions, Canal +, and the Sky News Press Preview. In 2010 she won the European Muslim Woman of Influence Award. Nominated by Deborah Pout. More information at:
6. NIR HASSON - Israeli Journalist. Nir Hasson writes articles and opinion pieces for Haaretz. In particular Nir has mainly focused on issues relating to segregation and Jerusalem. His focus on Jerusalem has mainly been in regards to matters concerning Silwan, Sheik Jarrah and other areas of East Jerusalem. Nominated by Akiva Eldar

Western journalists

1. ANDREW WILSON, Sky News anchor, is nominated by Laila Asser. Andrew Wilson joined the Sky news team as a reporter in 1993. He covered stories for Sky News in Bosnia, the Middle East, across Europe, in Africa and as far afield as Perth, Australia. After a brief spell as an Army Officer, his first assignment in international news was for TV-am in November 1989 when the Berlin Wall was demolished at the end of the Cold War. Shortly after that he found himself in Kuwait City on the heels of the Allied Forces and the retreating armies of Saddam Hussein. He also served time as Midlands and then Scotland Correspondent for TV-am. In 1998 Andrew moved to Russia as Sky News Moscow Correspondent, where he spent much of his time covering the war in Chechnya. He was also part of the award winning Sky News team that advanced in 1999 from Macedonia into Kosovo alongside the Kfor troops. In January 2001 Andrew moved from Moscow to Jerusalem, then on to America, where he is now Sky's U.S. Correspondent.
2. 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. Emma is Sky's Africa correspondent, before this she was based in Jersulam and before that Washington DC. She reported from Manhattan on the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Centre bombings on September 11 before travelling back to Washington to cover the diplomatic and miltary developments in America's War on Terrorism. She then made the 10,000 mile journey to Pakistan to cover the political unrest and mounting refugee crisis resulting from the US-led air strikes in neighbouring Afghanistan. Emma joined Sky in 1996 and her work has taken her to trouble spots around the world; To central america to report on the El Salvador earthquake and the devastation caused by hurricane Mitch, to Kosovo and Macedonia to cover the War and the plight of the Kosovar Albanian refugees, and to the Galapagos Islands to report on the oil spill which threatened the unique ecosystem. In 1998 Emma found herself being tear gassed live on air as she reported on football violence during the World Cup in France. She managed to carry on broadcasting for 25 minutes. Before joining Sky Emma spent five years working for the BBC in local radio and regional television.
3. GORDON CORERA, a British journalist. He is the Security Correspondent for the BBC. Corera joined the BBC in 1997 as a researcher and later became a reporter. He worked on Radio 4's The World Tonight, BBC2's Newsnight, and worked in the US as the BBC's State Department correspondent and as an analyst for the BBC's coverage of the 2000 US presidential election. In 2001 he became the foreign reporter for Radio 4's Today program. He was appointed BBC News' security correspondent in 2004. nominated by Khalid Nadeem
4. HARRIET SHERWOOD of the Guardian Jerusalem is nominated by Laila Asser. Harriet was previously foreign editor and home editor. Along with covering with articles and stories the developments in Israel and in the region, she is running also a blog called "Views from Jerusalem" on everyday life events in the Israeli capitol city. Before covering foreign affairs, she was a sports correspondent. Her blog: .
5. JANE CORBIN of the BBC Panorama program is nominated by Veronica Morris. Jane Corbin started in television as a reporter for Thames, Granada and ITN. As a correspondent on Channel 4 News she covered events in India, Africa, the Far East, Europe and the US reporting, among other stories, on the 1984 US elections, the Gandhi assassination, famine in Africa, riots in Korea and the Angolan civil war. She joined the BBC at the beginning of 1988 as a reporter on Panorama. She was the first UK reporter to film widely in Cambodia for the 1988 film In The Shadow Of The Killing Fields, and since then has made Panorama programmes on the Piper Alpha disaster, Nazi-hunters, Iraq's secret nuclear programme and on the historic Palestinian-Israeli peace deal. In Panorama: War Crime, Jane investigated the Srebrenica massacres in Bosnia and presented an inside account of David Owen's period as chief Balkan negotiator. She also completed three programmes on the war in Kosovo including the first in depth investigation of atrocities in the villages of western Kosovo. She has also presented The Money Programme and has made programmes about the Commonwealth and the Ministry of Defence for the BBC's Political Documentaries Unit. Jane has also presented and reported editions of BBC2's Correspondent including an investigation of corruption in Pakistan under Benazir Bhutto's government, and a special programme from the Balkans.
6. LINA SINJAB of the BBC, Damascus correspondent since 2008. Has reported from all over the county since the start of the regime's crackdown, including from the flashpoint city of Homs. is nominated by Laila Asser
7. LISA HOLLAND of Sky News is nominated by Ann Leslie. Lisa covers major news stories from around the globe. Most recently she has been a key contributor to Sky's coverage of the Arab Spring, and her reports from Libya and exclusive interview with Saif Gaddafi drew wide spread praise. She has covered the troubles in post-war Iraq in great detail and was also one of the first western journalists to enter Eastern Afghanistan, 36 hours after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001
8. PAUL WOOD - Paul Wood is a BBC correspondent with a great expertise in conflicts and Arab affairs. Recently, he has covered the developments in Syria, both with interviews and inside reporting from the city of Homs. In August 2011, he was in Libya, covering the advance of the protestors' troops against Gaddafi. He has a long career at BBC, with various assignments all around the world. In 2005 he was appointed BBC defence correspondent, while he was previously the BBC's Middle East correspondent. He was in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and in Fallujah during the battle for the city. In 2004 his coverage of devastating suicide attacks on pilgrims in Karbala won both the television prize at the Bayeux awards for war correspondents and a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo television festival. He was previously the BBC's Belgrade reporter, and its Balkans 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. Nominated by Richard Beeston and Roula Khalaf
9. SHEERA FRANKEL - Times Jerusalem correspondent, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers, also works freelance for NPR. Broke the story on the IDF using white phosphorous. Nominated by Michael Binyon
10. STEWART RAMSAY - of Sky News is nominated by Dame Ann Leslie. Stuart Ramsay is Sky News Chief Correspondent and reports on all the major domestic and foreign stories. Ramsay has received many awards including the Monte Carlo Golden Nymph in 2006 for his coverage of the Pakistan Earthquake, and in 2005, Gold from New York Festival for his coverage of the Sudan crisis. In 2004, he was an Emmy Finalist for his coverage of the Liberia war. Ramsay has covered nine wars from Chechnya through Africa, and the Middle East to Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2003, Stuart has covered Iran and Afghanistan respectively, both as an embedded and an independent reporter. In 2011 he spent four days reporting from Homs
11. SUE LLOYD ROBERTS BBC for her work in Syria and lifelong contribution to journalism Sue Lloyd Roberts, BBC Newsnight, one of the first journalists into Homs is nominated by Deborah Pout. Television reporter Sue Lloyd Roberts, 46, is a special correspondent for the BBC World Affairs Unit. She has also worked for ITN and Channel 4 news.
12. TIM MARSHALL of Sky News is nominated by Dame Ann Leslie. Tim is Foreign Affairs Editor for Sky. Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs, and has reported from 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.Tim has covered the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. In 2007, he led reporting for Sky's Inside Iraq week, marking the fourth anniversary of the Gulf War. In August 2005, he charted the Israeli pull out from Gaza and reported from the front line during the conflict in Afghanistan. Tim reported extensively on the volatile situation in Pakistan both before and after Benazhir Bhutto's assassination. His interview with Bhutto ahead of her return to Pakistan from exile was a world exclusive.Tim now has one of the fastest growing blogs and podcasts on the web - Foreign Matters at Tim has previously been Diplomatic Correspondent, Middle East Correspondent and Europe Correspondent for the channel before being made Foreign Affairs Editor. Tim spent the majority of the 1999 Kosovo crisis in Belgrade, where he was one of a handful of journalists who stayed on in Serbia/Kosovo after the media was expelled. He returned briefly to the UK to get married, before returning to the Balkans. For the day that the NATO troops advanced into Pristina, Tim was already in the Kosovo capital, and came out to greet them as they entered. Before joining Sky News, he spent three years as IRN's Paris Correspondent, and has worked extensively for BBC radio and television over a career spanning 25 years. Tim is also the author of 'Shadowplay', a best-selling (and award-winning) chronicle of the Kosovo War and the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic.
13. 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. Adel writes: The point about Alex is she is professional and her reports outstanding (in addition to her bravery), but unlike many others hitting fame through TV screens, she never opines or tries to make a point or lecture, she just states what is there and lets the camera transmit to viewers to make up their minds. Her Libya and Egypt reporting was certainly cutting edge in research and anticipating events, but her simple straight forward non patronising way is a great contribution to the business...

The Breakaway Award:

The Breakaway Award encourages new talent, in mainstream journalism as well as in the fields of internet news and citizen journalism. There is only one winner in this category. Nominations are:

1. RANA JAWAD, Libya correspondent BBC for her fearless journalism. Foreign correspondent since 2004. Based primarily in Libya but also responsible for the BBC's coverage of Algeria and Tunisia. Her articles focus on a broad cross section of society in these countries - as she analyses the political decisions made in government before investigating first-hand the experiences of the people they affect. In Libya she has covered stories ranging from UN policy to street art in Tripoli. Rana Jawad of the BBC is nominated for a Breakaway award for her work on Libya by Deborah Pout
2. 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: Homs second dispatch: Hama dispatch: htttp:// Libya feature: nominated by Alice Fordham
3. 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. Sherin Tadrus - Alejazeera English presenter in Tahrir Square. Nominated by Adel Darwish
4. ABIGAIL FIELDING-SMITH is a freelance Middle East correspondent based in Beirut. She has reported from Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen for the London Times, 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. Abigail Fielding-Smith is nominated by Alex Webster

The Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to New Media (The Bloggers' Award)


The prize is awarded to individuals that contribute to different forms of new media, in particular internet news, blogging and citizen journalism. Past winners have included, Potkin Azarmehr and Benny Ziffer. The nominees are:

1. ARABIST.NET, a blogsite was launched in Cairo in November 2003, by Issandr El Amrani, partly as response to the the lack of interest in the domestic politics of Arab countries in much Western media. It focuses on Egypt but tries to follow broader issues in the Arab world, US policy in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian in the Middle East, and cultural developments throughout the region. went on to welcome additional contributors and cover the tumultuous 2004-2006 period of political upheaval in Egypt, and the reversal of that small opening thereafter. It has gone on to cover the whole of the Middle East region. Nominated by Samuel Morris
2. 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."
3. HIWA OSMAN is commended for his "Thoughts From Iraq" blog. He is also a respected columnist on the English language Kurdish paper, Rudwan. See Iraq country director for the Institute of War & Peace Reporting. Nominated by Kamran Karadagi and Gary Kent
4. LISA GOLDMAN - Journalist and blogger, Blog: 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 ( 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, Jacky Hugi, Sami Mickhael, Itai Angel and Rachel
5. 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.
6. RAZAN GHAZZAWI, detained US-born Syrian blogger. Nominated for her blog Arrested while she was heading to Amman, Jordan, to attend the Forum of Defenders and Media Freedom in the Arab World as the representative of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. Now released, she was detained for 15 days and will stand trial at a later date.
7. REIDAR VISSER: He is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and editor of the website Reidar Visser specialises in the history of the state system of the modern Middle East, regionalist movements, the politics of city states, and historiography in politics, with a special attention to decentralisation and federalism in southern Iraq. He regularly contributes to various newspapers (as The National, The New York Times) and specialized publications. He is the author of 4 books about Iraq; the last one, "A responsible end? The US and Iraqi transition 2005-2010", was published in 2010. Nominated by Ranj

The Special Achievement Awards

These prizes are awarded to those who have made a special contribution in their field, whether it be to broadcasting, peace, or understanding. Previous winners have included All For Peace Radio and Jacky Rowlands. The nominees are:
1. HILLEL SCHENKER and ZIAD ABU ZAYYAD have been nominated for a joint special prize for their contribution to peace through 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.
2. SKY NEWS - Nominated for a special award for broadcasting. 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.
3. MA'AN NEWS AGENCY, Palestine. Most browsed website in Palestinian territories, publishing in both English and Arabi and has a growing international as well as Palestinian readership. Focuses on Palestinian political, economic, cultural and sports news from across the West Bank and Gaza Strip and aims ‘to convey a multi-dimensional picture of life in Palestine to a global audience.
4. AL MASRY AL YOM Daily newspaper, Egypt, Newspaper established in 2004 and is now the most read independent daily publication in Egypt. It is published in Arabic and has a website in both Arabic and English. It strives to be a full-service multimedia news organization for Egypt. Nominated by Deborah Pout for the independent website Al-Masry Al-Youm Egypt
5. BASSEM YOUSSEF, satirist, originally a doctor, Bassem Youssef started the "B + Bassem Youseff Show" online, modelled on the hit US Daily Show, to criticize the Egyptian media's coverage of the revolution. El Bernameg ("The Show"), his new show began airing the first day of Ramadan and has become hugely popular. His ability to deliver sarcasm is superb even in Egypt, where this has long been a performance art. nominated by Alex Webster
6. BAYAN SAMI ABDUL RAHMAN, Iraq. UK Representative for the Kurdish National government. Instrumental in the formation of the 2011 British Film Festival in Erbil - a city with no active cinemas. nominated by Claudia Shaffer
7. CAROLYN SINNZ - Nominated for a special award for press freedom. The French reporter of France3 who was molested in Egypt during the riots in the Tahrir square. Sinz was separated from her cameraman, who was also beaten, in the melee. Nominated by Vardit Niv
8. RUDAW - Kurdish weekly newspaper 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. Since then it has become a highly credible source in both the Kurdish dialect and English and has become a member of the Le Monde Diplomatique family. Its website receives 30,000 views a day and it is the only Kurdish publication to produce a European edition.

Awards carried over

These are previous award winners who through exceptional circumstances were not able to attend their award ceremonies.

EMAN MOHAMMED - Gaza Freelance, Eman Mohammed is a Jordanian/Palestinian photojournalist and reporter based in the Gaza strip. She has been covering events in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian-Israel conflict since 2006 by documenting the destruction, hardship and innovation in the Gaza Palestinian community, and the launching of rockets out of Gaza and Israel's retaliation through photographs. Her work has been published in the Guardian, Washington Post, Mother Jones, Haaretz newspaper, Sewar magazine, Aftonbladet, Frames of reality, Curso Abril amoung others. Eman won the award last year but could not attend the prize giving.