Shortlisted Nominations 2011
Peace Through Media Awards
DAOUD KUTTAB is a Palestinian journalist. He represents a moderate voice among the
Palestinians. A former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He is the
director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University and founder/general director
of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. He is a regular columnist for
the Jordan Times, the Jerusalem Post, Amin.org, Haaretz, The Palestinian News Network
and The Washington Post's PostGlobal segment. He has conducted training workshops in
Iran as a UNESCO media expert and was managing Editor of "Al Fajr", the Palestinian
English weekly formerly published in Jerusalem (1982-1987).
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.
DOV ALFON is Editor In Chief of Ha’aretz newspaper, the oldest newsdaily in Hebrew and
one of the most respected newspapers in the world. Before he started to work at Ha’aretz in
1989, Dov worked for the radical weekly Koteret Rashit. He is noted for his revolutionary
makeover of the Ha’aretz weekend magazine, where he was editor from 1992 to 1998. In
1994 he began writing one of the first columns about the Internet in the mainstream press
worldwide; and "Captain Internet" still appears in the Haaretz pages twice a week. With the
death of Ohad Zmora, founder of Kinneret Zmora Publishers, Dov Alfon was called to
replace him as the chief editor of the venerable publishing house. He left Ha'aretz to take up
this post in 2004, doubling sales within a year. Kinneret-Zmora is now the undisputed leader
of the book trade in Israel. On May 1, 2008, he returned to Haaretz – this time as Editor in
Chief. He is the fifth editor in the 90 years of the newspaper's existence. Dov Alfon hosts a
weekly cultural show on Israel's Channel 2 Television, now in its fourth season.
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.
ILANA DAYAN-ORBACH is a journalist, jurist and anchorwoman. She is best known as
host of the investigative television program Uvda ("Fact") on Israel‟s Channel 2. Whilst
drafted to the IDF during the First Lebanon War she served as producer, editor and
correspondent for Israel Army Radio. She was the first woman correspondent in the station's
history. Near the end of her regular service she began presenting the morning program with
Yitzhak Ben-Ner, and later with Micha Friedman. At the age of 23 she became the first
woman on the presenting staff of Erev Hadash ("New Evening") on Israel‟s Educational
Television. Meanwhile, she travelled to the United States to receive a PhD in law from the
Yale University. During her studies there, she also wrote a bi-weekly column for Yediot
Aharonot. In November 1993, when the Israeli channel 2 was launched, she started hosting
her television program, Uvda. She also presents a morning program on current affairs for the
Israel Army Radio.
ISMAIL KHAN is the Dawn Bureau Chief, Peshawar. He began his professional career as a
reporter for The News at its Peshawar Bureau in 1991 and was soon promoted to become
senior reporter. He was promoted as Bureau Chief of The News shortly before he resigned to
join Daily Dawn as its Peshawar bureau chief in March 2001. Khan is presently the resident
editor of the newspaper in Peshawar looking after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. He has
also been working for The New York Times as its correspondent in Peshawar since 2001
covering the entire region. He strings for Reuters and is a senior regional analyst for the
Voice of America's Pashto "Deewa" Radio. In the early 1990s when no one had heard of Al-
Qaeda and the many terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, he was one of the first reporters
to cover the subject. Khan was one of the journalists who met Bin Laden in August 1998.
Previously he wrote for the Wall Street Journal, News Week, The Sunday Times and Der
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.
LYSE DOUCET is a presenter and correspondent for both BBC World Service radio and
BBC World News television. Most recently, 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.
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.
MAZHAR ABBAS is the Secretary General of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
and deputy director of ARY One World Television, a major 24-hour, Urdu-Hindi bilingual
news channel in Pakistan. His thirty year career in journalism has often exposed him to
danger. Threats to his life have included once finding a bullet in an envelope attached to his
car. In 2007 he was charged by the police after protesting the enforced closure of three TV
channels for reporting on protests against President Musharraf. He was also on the hit list of
the ethnic political group Mohajir Rabita Council based in the southern province of Sindh.
He previously worked as a correspondent for Agence France Presse during which time he
covered the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, from the Wall Street Journal.
Throughout his career, Abbas has consistently championed the cause of free press in
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.
RAHIMULLAH YUSUFZAI is a renowned journalist covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He is a member of South Asian Journalists Association. He is based in Peshawar where he
works as the Executive Editor of the English language Pakistani newspaper, The News
International. Yusufzai was the last journalist to interview Osama bin Laden. He also works
as correspondent and analyst for Time Magazine and BBC Urdu and Pashtu services for the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Yusufzai‟s knowledge of religious militancy in
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the tribal areas bordering both the countries is second to none.
SEMADAR PERRY is The Middle East Editor of Yediot Ahronot daily. She also writes a
regular column for Ynet News. She has been reporting on the peace process since the historic
visit of the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt to Jerusalem in November 1977. Since then
Perry has used her frequent visits to Egypt to expose senior Egyptian politicians to the Israeli
readers of Yediot Ahronot, the largest newspaper in Israel. Perry has conducted numerous
exclusive interviews with Arab leaders including the late President Sadat, President Mubarak,
the late King Hussein, King Abdullah the second of Jordan, the late Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud
Abbas of The Palestinian Authority, and President Boteflikah of Algiers. In addition to daily
reporting and news analysis Perry writes a weekly op-ed as well as contributing frequently to
TV and radio news programs on Middle East and Peace Process issues.
The Cutting Edge Award
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
BENJAMIN POGRUND worked for peace and started Israeli Arab dialogue in London back
in 1989. He is a South African Jew, who fought against apartheid and runs the Yakar centre.
He writes for peace and about peace. He was chief foreign sub at The Independent.
DELAWAR KHAN WAZIR works for the BBC Urdu service from Peshawar. He was
previously based in South Waziristan and survived three attacks on his life. His 14 year old
brother was kidnapped and killed. However, he continued to file his stories from Waziristan.
In one incident while travelling in a car with other journalists they were ambushed and three
were killed. Then he was moved to nearby Dera Ismail Khan Town. Later Delawar was
kidnapped in Islamabad by the Pakistan security agencies. After tremendous pressure he was
released and shifted to London for six months by the BBC. Asked what makes it difficult
when filing the stories about Waziristan and tribal areas, he replied “One example is
whenever there is a drone attack, immediately the Taliban warned me that I must highlight in
my reports those killed in the drone attack are women and children--even if the picture is
otherwise, so as to gain sympathy. While Pakistani security forces warn me to mention in the
report that foreign militants were targeted”.
FALAH AL THAHABI is an Iraqi journalist and the current managing director at Alhurra TV
where he has worked in various roles since 2004. He has previously been a presenter at Free
Europe Radio, was a technical editor at the Al Haqiqa Newspaper in Iraq and was also both
technical editor and columnist at the Gender Magazine in Iraq. In 2010 he published a book
called Reporter’s Diary in Baghdad in both English and Arabic where he has detailed some
of his experiences as a reporter in Baghdad in recent years. Falah al Thahabi is the pen name
of Falah H. Hleil.
HAROON RASHID is the Head of the BBC Urdu service in Pakistan. He covered the
Taliban insurgency and Pakistan army‟s operations against Pakistani Taliban in the North
West of the country. He also interviewed a number of important leaders of extremist religious
organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He has a reputation as a very brave
journalist willing to take risks to unearth a story.
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).
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.
MOHAMMED AL QADHI is the National’s Yemen correspondent. He has done some very
brave and vigorous work this year. He also writes for Al-Jazeera English amongst others.
MULHEM ALMALIKA is editor and anchor of the Iraq Today programme. He established
and regularly updates the Iraq Today website. Since 2007 Almalika has been editor, anchor
and reporter for the Arabic transmission at DW Radio. He writes for various journals and
websites including Elaph and DW English. Prior to this, Almalika worked as an editor in the
Centre of Iraqi-Kuwaiti Studies in Qum, Iran, for its quarterly Aljewar Aladabi. He also
worked as Arabic anchor and editor for Radio Qum and Arab and international news editor in
the Iraqi Media Network TV (IMN) in Baghdad. Also in Baghdad he acted as news manager
and media advisor at Radio Dijla in 2005. He has had 34 years of active journalism along
with experience as a war correspondent in action from 1980-1988 during the Iraq-Iran war in
the Iraqi front. David Sasson writes “Almalika is a remarkable journalist who is committed to
objectivity, he is open-minded and his reports stick to the facts”.
NADA ABDEL SAMAD works for the BBC Arabic Service, and is based in Beirut. Ms.
Abdel Samad was been widely praised for her personal bravery during the Israel-Lebanon
conflict in 2006. She is also an author, and her new book Wadi Abu Jamil: Stories about the
Jews of Beirut, represents a landmark in that she is the first Lebanese writer to cover this
NIR HASSON is a Ha'aretz columnist. He has been working for them as an in the field
journalist and his work on the settlements in East Jerusalem has been noted as particularly
insightful. Before working in the field he spent a few years behind the news desk. He also
writes for the Common Ground News Service on the Arab – Israeli conflict.
OHAD HEMO is a reporter for the Mabat news program, Channel One TV, Israel. He is
fluent in Arabic and is the correspondent for the West Bank and Palestinian affairs. He covers
the events in the occupied territories, Gaza, Jerusalem and the Arab towns and villages in
Israel. He is known for his balanced reporting and is held in high esteem by the Palestinians.
He covers the main evening news almost nightly on Channel Two. Mili Gottlieb writes “His
untainted brave coverage is respected by both Palestinians and mainstream Israelis.”
OLIVER AUGUST is from the Times of London, and has headed their Baghdad Bureau over
the past couple of years. He currently works on a freelance basis as the Baghdad bureau chief
for The Times of London and The Economist. He has covered financial markets in America,
Britain and China, and worked as a war correspondent in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
August has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, NPR, CNN and CNBC. He has
contributed opinion articles to the L.A. Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington
Post. He has been in the thick of some of the most devastating bombings in Iraq recently and
was nearly killed in that January attack on the Hamra Hotel, the Times' previous headquarters
RACHEL SHABI was born in Israel to Iraqi parents and grew up in England. A journalist,
she has written for a variety of national and international newspapers such as the Guardian,
the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Independent on Sunday, English Al-Jazeera
online, the National, Jane's and Salon.com. For the past three years she has been based in
Israel reporting on the Middle East conflict. She is now back in London. She has written a
book on the internal conflict between European and Middle Eastern Jews called "Not the
Enemy; Israel's Jews from Arab Lands".
RANIA ALATTAR is an Iraqi journalist for the BBC Arabic service. During Saddam's rule,
she lost her father and brother who were executed for political reasons. In 2003, she began
her career in journalism and broadcasting with BBC Radio in Baghdad. She later moved to
another Iraqi TV station, Nahrain TV where she worked as a presenter and correspondent; her
fields included politics culture and entertainment. During this time she presented shows such
as the daily newscast, Baghdad Today, the weekly musical programme, Bayuna, and the
cinema show, Nejoom. Tragically, her sister was killed accidentally by American forces in
Iraq. Alattar later joined Al-Hurrah TV in the US. She later joined BBC Arabic TV London
for the launch of the station and remains its only Iraqi presenter. Her life and work were the
subject of a two part CNN documentary subtitled an Iraqi woman leading a life plagued by
RIFFATULLAH ORAKZAI is the BBC Urdu Service correspondent in Peshawar. He has
reported on high intensity political issues and conflict areas including Swat and tribal areas,
often putting himself at risk in the process. He works under perpetual threat and pressure
from Pakistani Taliban.
SAEED KAMALI DEHGHAN is an Iranian journalist. He has written frequently for The
Guardian since October 2006 and was The Guardian correspondent in Iran in summer 2009.
He is a trilingual journalist writing in Persian, English and French for a number of different
newspapers around the world, including The Guardian, Le Monde and Etemaad. He covered
Tehran unrest after the Iranian presidential election, 2009 for the foreign media including The
Guardian, CNN, CBC, France 24 and Channel 4. He is a co-producer of the HBO's
documentary For Neda. He risked arrest to work secretly inside Iran to locate and film
interviews with Neda's family for the first time and obtain unseen footage of her life for the
HBO's documentary about Neda.
The Breakaway Awards
ALICE FORDHAM is a freelance journalist working for The Times of London, Christian
Science Monitor and as a correspondent for the Economist. She is only 27 and has done some
fantastically brave and intelligent reporting from Baghdad on prisons, abuse by coalition
forces, and corruption. Her work from the region has also appeared in The Telegraph,
Prospect magazine, The National (Abu Dhabi), Global Post, and Niqash. Currently based in
Iraq, she has reported extensively from Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.
FAISAL AL-YAFAI is a journalist for The Guardian. He also has a blog on Facebook and is
a columnist for the National newspaper, the largest English newspaper in the Middle East.
Much of his work is geared towards explaining the Middle East to the West and vice-versa,
e.g. he wrote an article about the niqab for the Guardian, showing how complex the argument
is within the region itself. He covers questions like „why political Islam has gained so much
support in Arab countries‟ and „what peace will really mean for Israeli and Palestinian
citizens‟. He has also written on the status of women. His star is clearly rising. He is
becoming one of the most high profile young Arab journalists in the mainstream media.
LINDA MENUHIN-ABDUL AZIZ writes as a commentator on Middle East Affairs both in
Israel and in the Arab media. Her father, an Iraqi Jew and respected attorney in Baghdad,
disappeared after being abducted in 1972 by the Iraqi Mukhabarat. Linda fled from Iraq to
Israel as a refugee in her 20s, integrated into Israeli society and became an activist for peace.
Abdul-Aziz is a founding member of the Society for Peace with Syria and a member of the
Advisory Board for the Smart Middle East forum. She also established Kanoon Association
promoting Iraqi Jewish culture and music. From 1995-2000 Abdul-Aziz was the Foreign
Press Liaison Officer for the Ministry of Public Security and served as a spokeswoman for
the Union of Local Authorities. She also previously worked as head of the Middle East
Affairs desk for The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) where she was formerly the news
and program editor for their Arabic Radio. She currently writes opinion columns and articles
in three languages in the Arab and Israeli press. She maintains two blogs; one in Hebrew and
one in Arabic
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.
The New Media Award
ABDUL KAREEM NABIL SULEIMAN is an Egyptian blogger known online as Kareem
Amer. He previously studied law and began expressing his reformist opinions in 2004 via the
platforms Modern Discussion, and later in 2005, Copts United. He has always been
concerned about preserving an objective voice and encouraging free thinking. He is not afraid
of openly speaking out where he believes criticism is due. Suleiman was imprisoned in Egypt
for controversial entries in his blog which were considered to be anti-religious and opposed to
the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak. While he was to have been released from prison in
early November, he was finally released late on November 15th.
DR AWAB ALVI is a Pakistani blogger living and working in Karachi as a dentist. His
informative and incisive blog, TeethMaestro, never fails to interest and to raise important
questions for anyone concerned about the future of Pakistan. Dr. Alvi is now presently
practicing at the Alvi Dental Hospital. Teeth Maestro has blogged from July 2004 where
initially he was based off a Blogspot address. Because of constant connectivity issues he
migrated to his own domain in 2005 and now maintains his own blog URL.
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.”
LISA GOLDMAN is a blogger and journalist who used to work for Ha’aretz newspaper. She
is also the co-founder and editor of +972 Magazine which launched this year (972mag.com).
+972 was established by a group of Israel‟s leading left-wing journalists and bloggers.
Contributors include veteran left-wing bloggers such as Dimi Reider, Ami Kaufman, Didi
Remez and Yuval Ben-Ami. The site has quickly garnered a reputation for being fresh,
thoughtful and insightful. Before her work at Ha‟aretz newspaper she worked writing reports
for ING Barings and worked as an editor for Random Logic. Since 2005 she worked as a
freelance journalist contributing to Ha’aretz, Corriere Della Sera, The Guardian, the Jewish
Daily Forward and has written a city guide to Tel Aviv. Her blog can be found at
lisagoldman.net and has been hailed as one of the most insightful in Israel.
MEHRTASH RASTEGAR is the creator of Iranian reformist blog Seek truth and justice
which he has been writing since February 2009. Born in the UK of Iranian parentage, he is a
lawyer by training, with a particular emphasis on international human rights.
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.
REIDAR VISSER‟s exceptional reporting/blogging on Iraqi affairs means he is loved and
hated for the same reasons by his admirers and "enemies". Reida Visser is the creator of the
Gulf Analysis blog and of Historiae.org, an internet outlet for historical research on topical
issues in world politics, with a particular focus on political movements aimed at modifying or
challenging existing state structures. Both sites have been praised for their nuanced insights
into extremely complex social and political issues. Dr. Visser is a research fellow at the
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the Gulf Research Unit at the
University of Oslo.
Lifetime Achievement Award
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.
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.”
Outstanding Contribution to Peace
HANIF HANGAM is from Toland TV about which Fowzia Kuffi states "Politicians ignore
the programme but they should pay attention". Hanif stars in an Afghan TV show called
Alarm Bell a popular weekly satirical TV show which pokes fun at and lampoons Taliban
rebels, warlords, UN diplomats and pilgrims to Mecca. Alarm Bell is the most popular
satirical politics show in Afghanistan with a prime time slot every week. A couple of years
ago he had to flee Afghanistan after Kabul Express, a film he starred in at the time, caused
offence to many within Afghanistan.
HILLEL SCHENKER and ZIAD ABU ZAYYAD have been nominated for a joint special
prize for 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.
RONIT AVNI and RULAH SALAMEH (nominated for a joint prize). Ronit Avni is an
Israeli peace activist and Rulah Salameh is a Palestinian peace activist, together they
produced the 2009 film Budrus. Budrus documents a non-violent resistance movement led by
Palestinian residents of Budrus against the Separation Fence built in the Occupied Territories.
The film was screened at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2010. Avni is also the
founder and executive director of Just Vision, a non-profit peace organization that tries to
widen the grassroots peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Salalmeh is Just Vision's
outreach liaison in Palestine, organizing events, interviewing peace-builders and nonviolence
activists, and maintaining contact with educators, journalists and community leaders.
Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting
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.
LOTFI HAJJI is head of the Tunisian Journalists Syndicate (SJT), and president of the
union's founding committee. The SJT was founded in May 2004 by some 150 journalists with
a mission to defend freedom of the press, working conditions and professional ethics.
Police began harassing Hajji in May 2004, when he helped set up the beleaguered Tunisian
Journalists Syndicate. He was targeted not only as head of the syndicate, which was
prevented from holding its first general assembly in September 2005, but also as a
correspondent for Al-Jazeera. Hajji was denied a national press card and accreditation as
correspondent for the Arabic satellite-TV channel, which was banned in Tunisia.
In May 2006, Hajji was briefly detained by police who accused him of holding a “secret
meeting at his home.” He was briefly held again in June 2006 for quoting a statement by a
local human rights group about the alleged torture of a Tunisian prisoner in an article
published on Al-Jazeera‟s Web site.
AYMAN MOHYELDIN began his career less than ten years ago as a Desk producer at the
Washington Bureau of NBC. Since then, he has covered almost every major news event in
the Middle East. After leaving NBC, he spent 2 years in Iraq as a foreign news producer for
CNN, covering the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. While at CNN, he was one of
the few foreign journalists to cover the US handover of Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities
and was the first journalist to enter one of Libya‟s nuclear research facilities. Ayman was one
of the few foreign journalists to report from Gaza in the 2008/9 war, and exposed the
irregularities of the Egyptian electoral system with an exclusive report coinciding with the
2007 elections. During the 2011 Egyptian protests, Ayman broadcast extensively from the
roof of the Al Jazeera Cairo bureau and was one of five Al Jazeera journalists arrested by the
authorities for refusing to cease reporting after the Egyptian government revoked Al
Jazeera‟s broadcasting license. Mohyeldin was detained again after attempting to enter Tahrir
square a week later.
JACKY ROWLAND is a Field Correspondent for Al Jazeera English in Jerusalem. She
worked previously for the BBC, and has over 16 years of covering conflict in the Balkans (as
a BBC Foreign Affairs correspondent) and the Islamic world. She was notable during the
NATO campaign against Serbia in 2000 for defying an expulsion order from President
Slobodan Milosevic and continuing to report from hiding. Ms. Rowland was called to testify
in the war crimes trial of the former Serbian president where she was cross examined by
TARAK BEN AMMAR is an international movie producer and distributor. He is also the
owner of French production and distribution company Quinta Communications and owner of
Tunisia‟s Nessma TV station, a commercial TV channel which has a range covering Tunisia,
Morocco, Algeria Libya and Mauritania. He is famous for his interest in artistic movies,
especially when they are related to Mediterranean culture or require North African locations.
His producing credits include the Franco Zeffirelli film adaptation of La Traviata. On 19
May, 2010, he announced a "strategic relationship" with the Weinstein Company. Ben
Ammar become well-known in France at the beginning of 2004 when he decided to distribute
The Passion of The Christ after everybody else declined. He appeared on television talk
shows, defending the movie. He is also known as the advisor of international investor Prince
Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, and French businessman Vincent Bolloré.