The year 2022 marks the ARIJ 13th annual awards, which honours Arab journalists who took on scathing criticism, faced reluctant sources, and risked retaliation, to bring to light corruption and injustice in their societies. The ARIJ Awards acknowledge the integrity and professionalism of these journalists; setting benchmarks for future generations to model. The awards are nonpartisan and independent of all factions, organisations, political parties, corporations, labour unions, religions or causes beyond investigative reporting itself.
In short, ARIJ honours unfettered truth-telling. Ten Finalists will reach the top and compete to be one of three winners to be announced on December 4, 2022, ARIJ annual forum closing ceremony, in front of the award-winning journalists and distinguished leaders in the field. The awards are open to all Arab journalists. The deadline to enter was August 31.
Submissions must be in Arabic and produced and/or written by an Arab Journalist. Entries are judged on their content, creativity, and impact.
Here are the awards:
Best Arab Investigation – Gold Award
Best Arab Investigation – Silver Award
Best Arab Investigation – Bronze Award
Assad Taha is an Egyptian journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was born in Suez, Egypt in 1956. Taha started his career in print journalism, and later, he worked in radio and television as a correspondent in conflict zones. Taha specializes in the production of documentaries and storytelling.
Abeer Saady is a media development consultant, researcher, safety trainer, and war correspondent with 29 years of professional experience in conflict and crisis zones Abeer published several books on journalism, safety of journalists, media ethics, and media strategy of extremists groups. Abeer was awarded a Masters degree in Diversity and Media from University of Westminister in the United Kingdom.
Imad Musa is a Palestinian-American journalist who worked as a correspondent for several news agencies, including Associated Press and Reuters, in Jerusalem. He joined Al Jazeera English upon its launch in 2006. For several years he was the editor in chief of aljazeera.com. Currently he’s the Executive Producer of a weekly talk show based in Washington, “The Bottom Line.”
Dr. Zahera Harb
Dr Zahera Harb is the leader of International Journalism Studies at City, University of London. She served as a board member/trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network between 2015 to 2022. She was a broadcast Journalist in her native country Lebanon, where she worked for local and international news organisations.
Lyas Hallas is an Algerian investigative journalist and the co-founder and executive editor of the Algerian online portal Twalai. He began his career in journalism in 2006 as a reporter at the French-language daily Le Soir d’Algérie, writing about politics, culture, sports and more before specialising in economics. Hallas has worked for a number of newspapers such as: Maghreb Emergent and Liberté. Since 2016, he has worked as a reporter based in Algeria for a number of French media outlets such as Mediapart, Le Monde and Libération. Hallas was part of a number of prominent investigations as Panama Papers, Pandora Papers, FinCen Files, and Secrets Suisses.