Dubai: Fourteen winners of the 17th edition of the Arab Journalism Award were honoured at a special ceremony held at the conclusion of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) 2018 on Wednesday.
The winners included news organisations and outstanding journalists from across the Arab world and beyond who were handed awards in 11 different categories.
Winners from the UAE included Al Bayan newspaper, which bagged the Political Journalism Award and Murad Al Masri from Al Ittihad newspaper who won the Sports Journalism Award.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and also patron of the award, handed Nabeel Yacoub Al Hamar, adviser for information affairs to the King of Bahrain, the Media Personality of the Year Award for enriching the Arab media through his works.
During the ceremony, special tributes were paid to the late Egyptian journalist Ebrahim Nafe for his long and remarkable contributions to journalism, mainly in Egypt where he had been the editor-in-chief and managing director of the Cairo-based Al Ahram daily.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, meet journalists on the second day of the 17th Edition of Arab Media Forum at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, April 4, 2018. — Photo: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News
A member from his family was honoured by Shaikh Mohammad on stage following a video screening that spoke about his career.
The ceremony saw Emirati singer Hussain Al Jasmi perform two songs based on the poetry written by Shaikh Mohammad, one of which was a tribute to Jerusalem and the other a tribute to the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the Year of Zayed.
The two-day event held under the theme ‘Impactful Media Trends’ brought together more than 2,500 prominent regional and international media figures and thought leaders this year who discussed the impact of regional political developments in media and the key changes in the form and content of Arab media brought on by technological developments.
Selected from more than 5,874 nominations, the winners represented daily newspapers, magazines, online web portals and media organisations.
Prominent Egyptian writer Salah Montaser from Al Ahram won the Best Column Award and was handed the award by Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
The Arab Journalism Award was established in November 1999 on the directives of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid in order to contribute to the development of Arab media.
Honouring outstanding and distinguished journalists contributes to encouraging creativity in Arab journalism.
Attending the ceremony was Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain; Mona Ganem Al Merri, secretary-general of the Arab Journalism Award and chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Arab Media Forum, and senior government officials and Arab journalists.
Arab Journalism Award winners
Media Personality of the Year: Nabeel Yacoub Al Hamar, adviser for information affairs to the King of Bahrain.
Investigative Reporting Award: Syed Ali Muhaftha, Belad newspaper, Bahrain
Political Journalism Award: Al Bayan newspaper, UAE
Cultural Journalism Award: Mohammad Riyadh, Al Watan newspaper, Egypt
Humanitarian Journalism Award: Asma Shalabi, Al Youm Al Sabe newspaper, Egypt
Press Interviews Journalism Award: Shaker Nouri, Asharq Al Awsat
Sports Journalism Award: Murad Al Masri, Ittihad newspaper, UAE
Photojournalism Award: Ahmad Gharbil, AFP
Outstanding Cartoonist Award: Maher Rashwan Al Jareeda newspaper, Kuwait
Young Journalist Award: Jihad Abbas, Al Watan, Egypt; Do’aa Al Fooli, Masrawi electronic newspaper, Egypt; Mohammad Al Laithy, Al Watan, Egypt
Best Newspaper Column Award: Salah Montaser, Al Ahram newspaper, Egypt