Press Release: Hiwa Osman wins Outstanding Contribution to New Media Award

Iraqi Kurdish journalist Hiwa Osman was the winner of an international media award for Outstanding Contribution to New Media for 2012 in London.
Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to New Media
prize is awarded to individuals that contribute to different forms of new media, in particular internet news, blogging and citizen journalism. Past winners have included, Potkin Azarmehr and Benny Ziffer. The nominees are:

HIWA OSMAN is commended for his “Thoughts From Iraq” blog. He is also a respected columnist on the English language Kurdish paper, Rudaw, which was founded in 2008 by a group of journalists concerned with the lack of a media outlet which would focus on balanced investigative reporting that would hold the authorities to account. Hiwa is also currently the Senior Media Advisor inIraqfor the Institute of War & Peace Reporting.

LISA GOLDMAN co-foundedIsrael’s first progressive blog-based digital magazine in English, +972 Magazine, and migrated her personal blog to that platform. She has a deep commitment to accurate reporting. This past March she travelled toEgyptand stayed for two months to report on the revolution.  Her articles for the mainstream press have been published in The Guardian, New York Times, Jewish Daily Forward, Time Out Tel Aviv, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

PHILIP WEISS is an American blogger who co-edits ‘Mondoweiss’. The blog, which has been running since 2006, aims to publish important developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict, to publish a diverse range of voices, and to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy.

RAZAN GHAZZAWI is a US-born Syrian blogger who is nominated for her blog ‘Razaniyyat’.  Razan, an English literature graduate fromDamascusUniversity, has been arrested (and freed) twice, becoming a symbol of the grassroots opposition to the Syrian regime because the U.S.-born Syrian blogger is known for her fierce criticism of the Syrian government.


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