Ms. Maryam bint Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Committee has announced the launch of the fourth season of “Martyr Ali Hassan Al Jaber Award”, a Qatari national who was working as a cameraman for “Al Jazeera” TV channel and martyred while covering the war in Libya, in March 10, 2011 .
The amount of the award is worth 20.000 U.S. dollars; contestants shall compete for the award in three categories, namely: press photos, press releases and short documentary films. Winners in the first 2 categories shall be honored and awarded 5000 USD. While the winner of the third category shall be awarded an amount ranging from 5000 to 10.000 USD.
Al-Attiyah said that the subject of participatory works should be of a humanitarian nature not a political nature, 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; in addition to the other technical terms and conditions including that works and contributions submitted by contestants or participating institutions should not be provided by their owners in similar competitions or helped them to win previous awards, and that the nominated works and contributions will not be returned to their owners, they will be kept in the archive of the National Human Rights Committee.
Works and contributions submitted in the category of the press photos, should be of a high-quality in which the raw file of the image is attached; while works and contributions submitted in the category of the press release should meet all the common features of the press release including addressing the subject, reviewing points of views of all parties including those who are involved and the others whom get affected as well as addressing solutions; with regard to the short documentary film, of a high-quality (full HD 16: 9) and not exceeding 10 minutes.
In 2013, The National Human Rights Committee has selected a photographer the DCMF has campaigned for as the winner of a journalism prize; the winner Mohammed Othman is a victim to Israeli violence aimed at preventing him from reporting events in Gaza through his camera, the Palestinian journalist, came on a wheel chair, to receive the prize dedicated to his Qatari colleague who passed away while conveying the atrocities of Kaddafi’s regime to the world. In 2014, 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 is the Syrian journalist Mohamed Ghassan Al Jirwidi. The amount of the award is worth 15.000 U.S. dollars; Each winner honored and given 5000 USD as well as the award shield.