Friday, October 21, 2016
The Colombian investigative journalist Claudia Duque, the Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir and war correspondent Mohamed al-Qadhi from Yemen, are the nominees for the 'Most Resilient Journalist Award'. Nominated for the 'Newcomer of the Year Award' are Tafadzwa Ufumeli from Zimbabwe, Mehman Huseynov from Albania and 'Fisayo Soyombo from Nigeria.

These journalism awards will be handed out in The Hague during Free Press Live 2016 – stand up for journalists and justice.

The 'Most Resilient Journalist Award' goes to a reporter or media professional who has demonstrated extraordinary courage and perseverance to bring the news. It is a prize for a journalists who, despite threats, abductions and violence continue the journalistic work. The jury, led by Philippe Remarque chose the following candidates:

  • Claudia Duque from Colombia investigates disappearances, forced recruitment of children and the impact of impunity. As a result of her investigation into the murder of journalist Jaime Garzón she has been threatened for many years, and even abducted.
  • Hamid Mir from Pakistan is an acclaimed journalist and one of the best known television journalists. He was the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. In 2012 the Pakistani Taliban tried to murder him, however the bomb failed to go off.
  • Mohamed al-Qadhi from Yemen is one of the few journalists that reported from the frontlines about the fights between the rebels and the Yemini army.

The 'Newcomer of the Year - Hans Verploeg Award' will be handed out by the Permanent Dutch representative of UNESCO, former human rights ambassador, Lionel Veer. The 'Newcomer of the Year- Hans Verploeg Award' will recognizes a new talented journalist who has demonstrated a strong performance when it comes to reporting the news. Journalist Fidan Ekiz will be handing out this award. The nominees are:

  • Tafadzwa Ufumeli, photojournalist from Zimbabwe. He is publishing regularly in NewsDay, one of the most important newspapers in Zimbabwe and works as a freelancer amongst others for a Turkish  photo agency.
  • Mehman Huseynov from Azerbaijan. With his articles, blogs and videos he tries to bring attention to the social and political problems in Azerbaijan.
  • ‘Fisayo Soyombo from Nigeria, who published a series of five articles on the conflict between the army and Boko Haram.

There are seats available for Free Press Live on November 2nd in De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague. To register click here.