Winners of ARIJ Awards for Arab Investigative Journalism 2022

Gold Award

Wagdi Assalemi

Business Oriented Hospitals in Yemen.. Amputation is the Solution

This investigation documents surgeries by hospitals that have contracts with King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in Riyadh to perform unneeded amputations for wounded Yemeni citizens.

Silver Award

Mahmoud Elsobky

The Belarusian Trap.. Arab Immigrants in the European Border Dilemma

The investigation exposes the process of luring thousands of people trying to escape to Belarus, through organising continuous flights and easier visa processes.

Bronze Award

Zeinab Mohsen

Banned Pesticides Find their way to Lebanese Dining Tables

This investigation uncovers the use of banned pesticides in Lebanon, which threatens the lives of people in Lebanon.

Special Mention

Ayat Khiry

Children of Divorced Women Kept Out of Private Schools in Egypt

This investigation documents the evasion of some private schools of registering children of divorced parents in Egypt, using the personal status law as an excuse.

Nominated Investigations for the ARIJ Awards for Arab Investigative Journalism 2022

Nominated Investigation

Ramadan Hassan

Hormone-Rich Meats Still Reaching Egyptian Tables

The investigation documents the injection of calves with internationally banned, in violation of standard regulations.

Nominated Investigation

Loujeina Haj Youssef and Mais Katt

The Poisoned Land in Syria

The investigation reveals the damage done by both international and local actors in the Syrian war to the country’s land and agricultural system.

Nominated Investigation

Reem Allam and Hamdiya El-Sayed

Train Accidents Unstoppable in Egypt

The investigation proves that the Egyptian railway authority neglected the development of the railway system, despite a number of grants and loans that the Authority received for this purpose.

Nominated Investigation


Beauty’s Ugly Truth

The investigation reveals violations of the laws governing cosmetic medicine in Egypt, threatening the lives of millions of women and leaving some of them disfigured for life.

Nominated Investigation

Mohammed Al Soudany

Who is Paying the Price of Random Clinics ?.. Poor People of Iraq

The investigation reveals the spread of random clinics in Iraq that are not subject to supervision as a result of the declining infrastructure of public health facilities and the high cost of the investment alternative, which puts Iraqis at risk.

Nominated Investigation

Aseell Sarih and Issa AL- Rajhi

Aid to Yemen.. Ink on Paper

The investigation reveals that several projects of international organisations in Yemen have exceeded the permissible limit for operating expenses in their budgets, which has deprived those who are eligible for assistance.

About ARIJ Annual Awards

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


To be announced

Assad Taha

Journalist and Filmmaker

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

Media Development Consultant

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


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 Currently he’s the Executive Producer of a weekly talk show based in Washington, “The Bottom Line.”


Dr. Zahera Harb

Journalist and Researcher

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

Investigative Journalist

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.

Screening Committee


Munir Al-Khatib

Editor In-Chief

Munir Al-Khatib is a highly experienced journalist and media consultant with over 24 years of experience as an editorial leader..


Hoda Osman

Executive Editor

Hoda Osman has worked at the ABC News Investigative Unit, with CBS News Investigative Unit, as a correspondent for France24…


Bissane El-Cheikh

Executive Editor

Bissane El-Cheikh has worked with Al-Hayat newspaper where her main focus was field reporting and investigative journalism…

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