Syr­ian woman gets ‘coura­geous jour­nal­ism’ award

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Syria-based jour­nal­ist who has trained citizen re­porters in the war­rav­aged coun­try has been named the re­cip­i­ent of the 2015 Peter Mack­ler Award for coura­geous and eth­i­cal jour­nal­ism, or­ga­niz­ers said Satur­day.

The prize from Re­porters With­out Borders and Agence France-Presse was awarded to Zaina Erhaim, who lives and works in Aleppo, Syria.

Over the last two years, Erhaim has trained about 100 citizen re­porters from in­side Syria, ap­prox­i­mately a third of them women, in print and TV jour­nal­ism, and helped es­tab­lish new, in­de­pen­dent news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines in the coun­try.

The 30-year-old Erhaim is also the Syria pro­ject co­or­di­na­tor for the In­sti­tute for War and Peace Re­port­ing (IWPR), an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports jour­nal­ists in coun­tries un­der­go­ing con­flict, cri­sis or tran­si­tion.

The work of some of her stu­dents has been pub­lished in ma­jor in­ter­na­tional news out­lets.

“Zaina Erhaim is a force mul­ti­plier of jour­nal­is­tic val­ues in a coun­try torn by vi­o­lence and ir­ra­tional­ity,” said Camille Mack­ler, the Peter Mack­ler Award’s pro­ject di­rec­tor.

“We salute her courage, up­hold­ing pro­fes­sional ethics and bring­ing them to the ser­vice of those left to write history.”

David Mil­likin, AFP’s di­rec­tor for North Amer­ica, said Erhaim “em­bod­ies the ideals which the Peter Mack­ler Award was cre­ated to honor.”

He added that Erhaim “has done ex­tra­or­di­nary work both in train­ing lo­cal res­i­dents and jour­nal­ists who have be­come nearly the only first­hand source of news on the Syr­ian con­flict and in sup­port­ing Syr­ian women liv­ing un­der siege.”

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