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Postgraduate scoops international prize for journalists

University 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 journalists.

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. 

[Photo: Natali Prize ceremony]
WINNING WORDS: Journalist Walid Batrawi (centre) 
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.

Walid Batrawi graduated from the University of Leicester in 2001 with an MA in Mass Communications. 

“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 100 countries.

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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