IFJ nominates three journalists from Palestine for the 2003 Natali Prize

Walid Batrawi in Ramallah stands next to Yasser Arafat’s compound with an Israeli tank nearby (Photo: Mark Simon, 2002)

The International Federation of Journalists today announced the nomination of Palestinian journalists Walid Batrawi and Atef Saad, together with Jennifer Peterson, for the 2003 Natali Prize, a prestigous award in human rights reporting.

Together with 14 world class journalists, they are in line for five 10,000 awards in this year’s Natali Prize for Journalism: Excellence in Reporting Human Rights, Democracy and Development. The awards will be presented to the winners at a special prize-giving ceremony to be held at the International Press Centre Résidence Palace in Brussels in October 2003.

With over 300 entries from all corners of the world, this year’s Natali Prize encompasses a multitude of diverse cultures, each displaying top-quality standards of journalism from many of the world’s great newspapers, said Aidan White, General Secretary of the IFJ, a federation that represents over 500,000 journalists in more than 100 countries, which manages the prize on behalf of the European Commission.

Walid Batrawi was nominated for his article “Media-less Reforms vs. Reform-less Media” which was published in Al-Ayyam and on-line at the Arab Media Internet Network (AMIN). Jennifer Peterson was nominated for her article “Strangling Qalqilya” published in Palestine Report and Atef Saad was nominated for his article “Teachers rescue classes, despite checkpoints” which was also published in Palestine Report.

Other nominees are Jessica Bezuidenhout and Mzilikazi Wa Afrika from South Africa, Ken Opala and Dorothy Otieno from Kenya, Massoud Ansari from Pakistan, Sergei Duvanov from Kazakhstan, Muzamil Jaleel from India, Rolf Baverick from Germany, Sofia Branco from Portugal, Sandra Camps Ocaña from Spain, Daniela Arbex and Klester Cavalcanti from Brazil, and José Fernando Hoyos Estrada from Columbia.

The jury consists of nine media and human rights experts, including Véronique Kiesel, senior journaists with Le Soir, Katja Ridderbusch, foreign correspondent for Die Welt, Mikel Aguirre, former vice-president of the International Press Association, and Max Römer, directer of the School of Journalism at the Andréas Bello University in Venezuela.

Related Links:

  • Media-less Reforms vs. Reform-less Media, Walid Batrawi, AMIN, 15 June 2002.
  • Strangling Qalqilya, Jennifer Peterson, Palestine Report, Vol. 9, No. 16, 9 October 2002.
  • Teachers rescue classes, despite checkpoints, Atef Saad, Palestine Report,Vol. 8, No. 36, 6 March 2002.
  • The International Federation of Journalists