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Nominees of the Mediterranean Journalist Award being announced

The Anna Lindh announces the shortlisted nominees of the Mediterranean Journalist Award for this year. The Journalist Award, which was founded in 2006 by the ALF and International Federation of Journalists, is considered the leading media prize in the Mediterranean region for reporting across cultures and on issues of cultural diversity. It aims at rewarding exceptional journalistic productions, contributing to a better understanding of the diversity of cultures in the Euro-Med region.
This year 350 applications, tackling intercultural issue between and within the Euro-Med societies,  were received from around the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean, in addition to Syria and Libya.

Press category:

  • Iason Athanasiadis, “It’s Time To Stop Destruction Of Middle East Heritage”, Al Jazeera (Greece)
  • Aicha Akalay, “Immersion Dans L'enfer Des Subsahariens”, Telquel (Morocco)
  • Khaled Diab, “Rebels Without A God”, The Outpost (Belgium, Egypt)

Radio category:

  • Malath Alzoubi, “Kurds Across The Euro-Mediterranean, And Discrimination Against Them”, Radio Souriali (Syria, Netherlands)
  • Ziad Maalouf, “Turquie: La Liberte De La Press En Danger”, Radio France Internationale (Lebanon)
  • Ali Gamal El Deen, “Forbidden Love In Egypt”, BBC Arabic (Egypt)

TV category:

  • Ta-Sabine Kuper-Busch, “Tear Gas And Graffiti” ZDF (Germany)
  • Magdalena Bukacka, “Is It Possible To Forgive A Child Murdered?” TVN (Poland)
  • Tahar Taouil & Hicham Laaboudi, “ Essaouira: Icone Maroccaine” 2M (Morocco)

Online category:

  • Ylenia Gostoli, “Europe Is Still Making Life Difficult For Syrian Refugees” Vice (UK)
  • Srecko Horvat, “God to Arrives In Sarajevo” New York Times (Croatia)
  • Giorgia Grifoni, “Israel Dove Il Sangue Bianco Vale Di Piu” Nena Agency (Italy)

Special category:

  • Federica Araco and Nathalie Galesne, “Lampedusa, La Tragedie D’une Ilee” Babelmed (Italy)
  • Nadine El Sayed, “Living Fear” Egypt Today Magazine (Egypt)
  • Rym Tina Ghazal, “Pre-Assad: Love Notes From Inside A Syrian Jail” Huffington Post (Poland)


The 8th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Award will be hosted by the prestigious Thomson Reuters Foundation in London on the 15th of October, in collaboration with Ashark Al Awsat, BBC Arabic and Allianz Cultural Foundation.
This year a jury made up of prestigious media professionals and outstanding intellectuals will select 5 winners to be awarded. In addition, a special award will be dedicated this year to the theme “The diverse faces of intolerance in the Euro-Mediterranean Region”.

The winners will be announced by the jury on the same day. Winners will receive an award trophy, a cash prize for their journalistic contribution for reporting across cultures and will be invited to participate in the activities of Anna Lind Foundation and its partners for the following year.

This year’s jury will be composed of leading media professionals including: Michel Toss (Germany), the managing director of the Allianz Cultural Foundation; Naglaa El-Emary (Egypt), Editor in chief of Al-Shorouk online; Pier Luigi Malesani (Italy), the Secretary General of the COPEAM; Robert Parsons (France), the Editorial director of the English content at France 24; Rania Abouzeid (Lebanon), former winner of Mediterranean Journalist Arab and a correspondent of the Time; Hatim Btioui (Morocco), the director of political affairs at the London based Al Shark Al Awsat newspaper; Gisele Khoury (Lebanon), President of Samir Kassir Foundation. The jury be headed by the founder of the New Arab Debate, the renowned British journalist Tim Sebastian. In addition, the ALF president, Andre Azoulay, will preside the overall Award and the ALF  Executive Director, Andrew Claret, will be acting as the Secretary of the Jury.