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Syrian woman Journalist Zaina Erhaim awarded with Peter Mackler Award 2015

Aug 25, 2015 11:40 IST

Syrian woman journalist Zaina Erhaim on 22 August 2015 won the esteemed 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. She was bestowed this award for her efforts to train citizen reporters in her war-ravaged country.

She will be presented with this award at a ceremony to be held at the National Press Club in Washington in October 2015.

Zaina Erhaim, currently, lives and works in Aleppo, Syria. Over the last two years, she has trained about 100 citizen reporters from inside Syria, approximately one third of them are women, in print and TV journalism.

Erhaim is also the Syria project coordinator for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), an international organization that support journalists in countries undergoing conflict, crisis, or transition.

About the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism
• The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in June, 2008 to honor the memory of Peter Mackler, a Brooklyn-born thirty-five year veteran journalist who championed ethical journalism and freedom of expression.
• The Peter Mackler award rewards journalists who fight courageously and ethically to report the news in countries where freedom of the press is either not guaranteed or not recognized.
• The Award is administered by Global Media Forum, the US branch of Reporters Without Borders, and Agence France-Presse.

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