Awards recognise outstanding reporting in the face of unprecedented violence and cultural regression in the Mediterranean region
LONDON (16 OCTOBER 2014) — The Anna Lindh Foundation has announced the winners of the 2014 Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award, the leading regional media prize for reporting across cultures and on issues of cultural diversity and social change.
Hosted at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London, the Awards ceremony brought together over 100 media and civil society representatives from across the Mediterranean region. The winners were recognised for high-quality, courageous reporting from the Middle East that exposed the social realities behind the headlines of extremism, social crisis, and cultural regression. A special recognition award was given on the theme of “the diverse faces of intolerance in the Euro-Mediterranean region”.
Ayman Mohyeldin, an Egyptian-American journalist for NBC, received the International Jury’s Special Award for Outstanding Journalism. Ayman was recognised for his work reporting on the frontlines of the regional crises, including the Islamic State and the Gaza War, in addition to the challenges following the historic Arab social uprisings.
Tim Sebastian, Chair of the Award Jury and internationally renowned journalist, said: “In the context of today’s Middle East, we need more than ever to include the other sides in our stories (..). These are difficult and demanding times, and people desperately need the light that journalists can shine in places that are increasingly dark and frightening.” See full speech:
On accepting his prize, Ayman Mohyeldin said: “This Award is dedicated to those journalists who gave their lives this year to tell the stories and have courageously worked to get beyond the chaos and complexity of the region’s event. It is an honour to receive such a recognition from an institution which is trying to bridge divisions in our region which are more profound than ever.”
André Azoulay, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, said: “We have been collectively silent too long about the tragic realities which are unfolding in our shared region. In this context, the Foundation and partners are committed more than ever to take the responsibility to seek out the truth and send a signal that another Mediterranean is possible.”
The other winning projects included:
- Television: “Tear Gas and Graffiti”, a reportage by Ta-Sabine Kuper-Busch (Germany) on TVN
- Online: "Godot Arrives in Sarajevo", an online piece for The New York Times by Srecko Horat (Croatia)
- Radio: “Forbidden Love in Egypt", produced for BBC Arabic by Ali Gamal El-Deen (Egypt)
- Press: “Without A God”, published in The Outpost and written by Khaled Diab (Belgium / Egypt)
- Thematic Focus: "Lampedusa, The Tragedy", published by Federica Araco and Nathalie Galesne in BabelMed, and “Love Letters from a Syrian Jail” by Rym Tina Ghazal in the Huffington Post
The Mediterranean Journalist Award aims to reward exceptional journalistic productions and contribute to a better understanding of the diversity of cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It promotes the positive role played by journalists in providing balanced and informed coverage of cultural issues in the region.
The 2014 international jury was chaired by Tim Sebastian, renowned TV journalist and founder of the New Arab Debates. The international jury was comprised of leading media professionals, including: Naglaa El-Emary, Media Expert and Professor at BUE; Robert Parsons, Editorial Director of English Content at France 24; Pier Luigi Malesani, Secretary General pf COPEAM; Hatim Bitoui, Journalist at Ashark Al Awsat; Gisel Khoury; and Michael Thoss, Managing Director of the Allianz Foundation;
President of Samir Kassir Foundation; and Rania Abouzeid, Correspondent of the Time and a former Journalist Award winner. In addition, André Azoulay, ALF President and Counselor to the King of Morocco, presided the overall Award, and Andrew Claret, Executive Director of the ALF, acted as the Secretary of the Jury.
About the Anna Lindh Foundation:
The Anna Lindh Foundation works across the Mediterranean to bridge cultural divides and promote joint programmes among the region’s civil society actors in the face of intolerance and xenophobia. Working from its international headquarters in Alexandria, Egypt, the Foundation runs the largest Mediterranean network of NGOs dedicated to regional dialogue and acts as an observatory on trends in cross-cultural relations and social change.
The Anna Lindh Foundation is co-funded by the European Commission and the 42 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean.