Gadi Adelman received an email yesterday from the Lorenzo Natali Prize Committee that he had been nominated for the 2010 Journalism prize for an article they saw in The Weekly Blitz. The Weekly Blitz, which is in Bangladesh, publishes Gadi's article each week in the only anti-Jihadist newspaper in the Muslim world.
The Lorenzo Natali Prize rewards journalists committed to Human Rights, Democracy and Development. Originally reserved for the printed and online press, the Lorenzo Natali Prize has opened in 2008 to radio and television journalists.
Created in 1992 by the European Commission to promote dedicated journalism of the highest quality, it was named after Lorenzo Natali for his dedication to his work as former vice-president of the European Commission, in charge of cooperation and development between 1985 and 1989.
To organize the Lorenzo Natali Prize, the European Commission works with some of the most prestigious world press associations:
- Reporters Without Borders, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Mind in 2005
- World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, which represents a total of more than 18000 publications over the five continents
In 2009 Lorenzo Natali Prize Edition had, once again, elicited noted interest: more than 1,000 journalists from more than 133 countries participated. The 15 award winners were selected by an independent jury, made up of NGO representatives, leading journalists, and news agency representatives.
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