Over 2,600 vie for Arab Journalism Awards
Dubai, February 9, 2008
The seventh edition of the Arab Journalism Awards (AJA) has received 2,609 entries in 12 categories from all over the Arab world.
AJA general secretariat said the entries including journalists from the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq and Syria.
'The region’s most coveted recognition for journalistic excellence will give away up to Dh863,000 ($235,000) in cash for best entries in politics, Business, investigative journalism, IT, columnist, culture, sports, environment, photo-journalism, caricature, interview and children's journalism,' said Maryam bin Fahad, executive director of AJA.
A special award will be presented to 'Media Personality of the Year'.
Fahad said the general secretariat’s decision of extending the submission deadline to 15 January has worked in its favour, resulting in an overwhelming response from journalists.
“We have received the largest number of entries from Egypt, followed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Special jury panels have begun evaluating the submitted entries to select winners in all categories.'
“As the awards gain wider recognition and appeal, we are confident it will soon draw the participation of journalists from every Arab country. The target looks more feasible following the general secretariat’s tireless effort to raise awareness in the entire Arab world.”
The AJA general secretariat recently conducted road shows in several Arab countries as part of its endeavour to draw a substantial body of work from deserving media persons.
The Arab Journalism Awards seek to enhance industry standards and establish fundamental values of impartiality, neutrality, and commitment to accurate and objective citation of facts in journalistic work.-TradeArabia News Service