scoops international prize for journalists
postgraduate Walid Batrawi joined other top-class journalists recently
to be honoured by the International Federation of Journalists and the
European Commission with one of the world's leading awards to
At a special prize-winning ceremony held
at the International Press Centre in Brussels on October 24, in the
presence of distinguished gathering of journalists specialising in human
rights, democracy and development, Walid Batrawi received 10,100 Euro
and a trophy.
WINNING WORDS: Journalist Walid Batrawi
in Brussels to receive the Natali Prize. Left, Neil
Kinnock, Vice-President of the European Commission.
His Prize, in the regional category of The
Arab World, Iran and Israel, was for Walid's article, Media-less Reforms vs
Reform-less Media, which was published online at Arab Media Internet
Network and in Al-Ayyam Daily.
Batrawi graduated from the University of Leicester in 2001 with an MA in Mass
“Each of the winners have contributed something special to the journalistic
community through their work, very often under extremely dangerous
conditions”, said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.
The Natali Prize, which is awarded to print and/or on-line journalists
who have demonstrated a striking insight and particular dedication to the
reporting of human rights issues within the context of development, was
established in 1992 to promote quality journalism and to commemorate the
dedication of former Vice-President of the European Commission, Lorenzo Natali.
Since 1999 the prize has been administered by the IFJ, the world's largest
organisation of journalists, which represents 500,000 journalists in more than
The overall gold medal winner was Ken Opala
from Kenya, for a series of articles on death penalty.
The Prizes were presented by Neil Kinnock, Vice-President of the European
Commission. “This Prize recognizes and rewards excellence in reporting human
rights, democracy and development demonstrating the quality of journalists and
the significance of what they write,” said Kinnock.
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