Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Two Prestigious Awards to Al Jazeera's Rowland and Mohyeldin
Al Jazeera’s correspondent Jacky Rowland and Ayman Mohyeldin were presented the Outstanding Achievement Awards by the prestigious Next Century Foundation’s on April 9, 2011, in London. The Next Century Foundation is a charity established in 1989 and devoted to conflict resolution. The awards, according to the foundation, “…pay tribute to the skill, courage and determination of individual journalists when reporting from areas of conflict or political repression.” The annual awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate excellence in Middle East reporting and are awarded to Western, Israeli and Arab journalists recognized for their outstanding coverage of the region. BBC Urdu’s Dilawar Khan Wazir won the Cutting Edge Award for outstanding courage in face of risks. TV's Falah al Thahabi also picked the same prize. Among other journalists receiving other awards at the Saturday ceremony, which took place at the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London, were Alice Fordham, a journalist who has worked in Yemen and Adel Mousa Al Zaanoun, a Gaza based journalist for AFP. Alhurra Daoud Kuttab, who writes for Jordan Times and heads Arab world’s first internet radio, won the “Peace through Media Award” award for Outstanding Contribution to Peace. Also picking the same award was Haaretz chief Editor Don Aflon. The “Peace Through Media,” award is given to a journalist or broadcaster of outstanding caliber, “…selected because their work is of such quality that it has helped to foster a climate of peace and understanding.” Mohyeldin, a seasoned journalist with experience working for CNN and NBC News, put himself at the frontline of danger to cover the recent uprising in Egypt and give revolutionaries a chance to tell their stories. From May 2008 to May 2010, Mohyeldin was the only foreign journalist based in the Gaza Strip. Since joining Al Jazeera in 2006, he has reported from Europe, the U.S. and across the Middle East - where there have been uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere.