HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan will chair the 10th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Award, which represents a landmark event, marking the 10th anniversary of the Awards programme since its creation in 2006 by the Foundation and International Federation of Journalists for the programme.
The International Ceremony will take place on 6 December 2017 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
HRH Princess Rym Ali is the founder of the Jordan Media Institute. She has been a producer and correspondent for different news organisations, including UPI’s United Nations bureau in New York and BBC World. She worked as a CNN producer and reporter for two years in Iraq in the lead-up to the 2003 war. Princess Rym holds a MPhil in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and is a graduate (MS) from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. In 2012, she received the Excellence Media Award by the Global Thinkers Forum and in 2013 Her Royal Highness was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the UK’s Coventry University for her contribution in the field.
The members of the 2017 International Jury are:
Robert Parsons. Joined France 24 as international affairs editor for the launch of the channel in 2006. In 2010 he moved to Georgia for 20 months to set up PIK TV, a 24-hour TV and Internet news channel broadcasting in Russian throughout the Russian-speaking world. Parsons worked 18 years for the BBC, including nine years as Moscow correspondent (TV and radio) from 1993 to 2002. He joined Radio Free Europe as director of the Georgian Service in 2003. He has MA in Political Science and a doctorate from the University of Glasgow on the origins of Georgian nationalism.
Gisele Khoury. Currently the host of the weekly show “Al Mashhad” which is aired on BBC, the president of Beirut Spring Festival and a partner in the house production “Rawi”. She was a talk show host on the Al Arabyia news channel. She had her own programme, Bil Arabi, hosting many prominent and high profile guests, political decision makers, heads of states, prime ministers and ministers of foreign affairs. The show covered political events and developments from across the Arab world and beyond.
Michael Thoss. Graduated from Bonn University and Université Sorbonne in Paris. He worked as a journalist, among others with Deutsche Welle and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and as a translator and university lecturer in Germany, France and Spain. For more than ten years he was in charge of cultural projects with the Goethe Institute in Asia and Europe. In 1998, he became responsible for the fields of visual arts and media culture at the Berlin-based House of World Cultures, curating various international exhibitions and publishing numerous anthologies and catalogues.
Boyko Vassilev. A journalist at the Bulgarian National Television, Mr Vassilev is producer and presenter of the weekly political survey “Panorama”. Vassilev has covered some of the wars on the Balkans and became an expert in Southeastern Europe; he is an author of more than 20 TV documentaries and interviewed world leaders like Bush, Blair, Schroeder, Aznar, Walesa, Erdogan, Havel, Tudjman and intellectuals, such as Umberto Eco, David Lynch. For his journalistic activities Boyko Vassilev received several Awards, like “Person of the year in media for Central and Eastern Europe” (Sarajevo, 2016), the Golden Riton for TV documentary (in Plovdiv) and the special award of Sarajevo TV festival in 2000.
Naglaa Emary. Journalist/reporter for BBC World Service for more than 15 years. She was Editor in chief of BBC Arabic Service Radio in London before becoming head of Multimedia Programmes. In 2011, she moved back to the Middle East as the Cairo Bureau Chief and MENA special programmes editor that included the training and reform of local media in the Region mainly in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Currently, she is a consultant/trainer on media as well as a media professor in the British University in Egypt. Ms Elemary is the author of a number of articles and research on Arab Media in Arabic, English and French.
Paola Parri. Deputy Secretary General of COPEAM, the Permanent Conference for Audiovisual Cooperation in the Mediterranean. She has more than 20-year experience in the international relations and cooperation sectors. She was COPEAM head of project for JOUSSOUR, a cross-border coproduction on Mediterranean environmental issues involving 9 public broadcasters of the whole EUROMED area. She has been official speaker and moderator in a number of international Conferences organized by the European Commission, UNESCO, ASBU, and IFJ.
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