Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary-general of the NHRC, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the competition launched under the name of the martyr Ali Hassan Al-Jaber announced the winners in its four-season in the three categories, namely: press photos, press releases and short documentary films..
Al-Attiyah revealed the names of the three winners who were nominated from among 157 participants; The ceremony to honor the winners will be on Sunday at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, Doha. For the press release category, journalist Nasser Al-Sahli from Palestine who participated with a release under the title “immigration to Italy”, for the category of documentary film, the Syrian director Khaled al Dughim for his film “A prisoner … outside the bars”, and the third winner for the category of the press photo, Mr. Omar Bo Hafs from Yemen, who participated with an image on child labor.
Al-Attiyah stated that “thanks to the large advertising this year, the number of participants increased three times compared to the previous year and noted that the NHRC seeks to develop the competition to be international in the coming seasons. The National Human Rights Committee, the organizer of the competition, has limited the award in the first year to one work only so that the candidate should have provided significant and distinctive contributions through his/her work in the detection of crimes or serious violations committed against a people, and should have contributed to the prevention of such crimes and violations and revealed them to the public opinion. It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian photographer Mohammed Othman won the award in the 1st season, he is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera. In the 2nd year, the award has been divided into three categories, in the category of the press photo, the winner was Khalil Abu Hamra from Egypt, in the category of the press release, the winner was Eidi Al Menifi from Yemen and in the documentary film category, the winner was Media Town Company. In the 3rd season, for the press release category, the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Saeed, for the category of documentary film, Hafsa Aubl from Yemen and the third winner for the category of the press photo was the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi.
Al-Attiyah extended tnaks and appreciation to the Board of Trustees including Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, deputy chairman; members include Mr. Ali Nasser Al Qubaisi, Director of Qatar Radio and Mr. Khalid Hassan Al Rumaihi, representative of the manager of Al Rayan channel, Mr. Mubarak Nasser Al Awami representative of Qatar TV, Mr. Saad Safar Al Kuwari, representative of the director of Gulf radio, Mr. Saleh Hamad Al Shawi, Director of Doha Centre for Media Freedom, and Mr. Yasser Qeshi, representative of the Director of freedoms and human rights department at Al-Jazeera; saying that this constellation of members remains committed to its membership during the previous three seasons and has been interested in extending to the technical committee its proposals and opinions relating to terms and competition categories. Al-Attiyah added that we are proud of our Board of Trustees and their commitment until this year’s fourth season, members represent pivotal institutions in the Qatari media movement and their experiences reinforced the choice of the best participating works in previous seasons in a way that is characterized by professionalism and credibility in support of a common message to freedom of opinion and expression.
Al-Attiyah explained that the ceremony shall include several items, including a speech by the chairman of the NHRC, Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, a speech by Dr Mustafa Sawaq, acting general manager of Al Jazeera Network, a documentary film on the history of the award, and finally honoring members of the NHRC.