AMF concludes with the presentation of the Arab Journalism Awards

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum honors winners of Arab Journalism Award 2017 at the 16th Arab Media Forum in Dubai. (AN photo)
Updated 04 May 2017

AMF concludes with the presentation of the Arab Journalism Awards

DUBAI: The winners of the Arab Journalism Award 2017 were announced on Tuesday, at the culmination of the 16th Arab Media Forum in Dubai.
The awards honored 17 outstanding Arab journalists from daily newspapers, magazines, online web portals and media organizations from the Arab world.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum honored Ghassan Charbel, the editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, with the Media Personality of the Year award. Asharq Al-Awsat is the sister newspaper to Arab News.
Sheikh Maktoum also honored prominent Emirati journalist and writer Nasser Al-Taheri with the Best Column Award and the Saudi Sabq electronic newspaper with the Smart Journalism Category Award.
The award ceremony started with a short video about the recent key global events.
Tunisian singer Latifa and Lotfi Bouchnaq performed a song about the current issues facing the Arab world, with lyrics by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.
This year, the award’s General Secretariat received over 5,900 submissions by journalists competing from across the Arab world.
Other winners include Imad Abdul Hamid from Al-Bayan newspaper, who picked up the Investigative Reporting Award, and Amjad Rasmi from Asharq Al-Awsat, who was given the Outstanding Cartoonist Award.


Second French academic detained in Iran since June

Updated 16 October 2019

Second French academic detained in Iran since June

PARIS: A prominent French academic has been in detention in Iran since June, when he was arrested with his Franco-Iranian colleague, a researchers’ group and the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Roland Marchal, a sociologist whose research focuses on civil wars in Africa, and Fariba Adelkhah, an anthropologist, both work at the Sciences Po university in Paris.
The FASOPO association, of which they are both members, announced Marchal’s detention on its website, saying it had remained quiet about his arrest at the request of French authorities until the story was reported on Tuesday by Le Figaro newspaper.
The association said “discretion had seemed preferable to the French authorities, who immediately began working, at the highest level, to obtain the liberation of our colleagues...”
The French government, it said, had wished to prevent the issue becoming a reason for “nationalist flare-up” in Tehran.
The foreign ministry in a statement confirmed Marchal’s detention and said it strongly condemned his arrest.
“We are mobilized to obtain his release,” it said, adding Marchal had received several consular visits.
“We urge the Iranian authorities to be transparent and act without delay to put an end to this unacceptable situation,” the ministry added.
FASOPO said it had alerted French authorities to the pair’s disappearance on June 25.
The association said it supported the government’s decision to keep quiet given the experience of foreign colleagues “who found themselves in the same situation” and who had found Western media reporting “either useless or, worse, counter-productive.”
Adelkhah’s arrest was confirmed by Tehran on July 16. The reason for her detention has not been made public.
Paris has repeatedly requested that she be given consular access and set free. Iranian authorities, who do not recognize dual nationality, had railed against the “unacceptable interference” of France in the matter.
FASOPO said Marchal was arrested after arriving in Iran from Dubai to celebrate the Muslim Eid feast with Adelkhah.
It said he was known “for his strong stances that reflect his uncompromising quest for intellectual honesty and humanistic values.”
Iranian-born Adelkhah is a specialist on Shia Islam who has written extensively on Iran and Afghanistan.
The arrests came as President Emmanuel Macron conducts intense diplomacy to find a way of keeping alive the 2015 nuclear deal which limits Iran’s atomic program.
Iran has several dual nationals and Western passport holders in detention.
They include British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who has been jailed in Tehran since 2016 on sedition charges, causing major tensions with Britain.