The General Supervisor of the Network of Iraqi Reporters for Investigative Journalism (NIRIJ) Muhammad Al-Rubai’i announced, on Friday, that four Iraqi journalists of the network members have won Arab and international prizes for the best investigative reports of this year, adding that the network is granting two to three million Iraqi Dinars to any Iraqi journalist who intends making detailed investigative reports that deal with financial and administrative corruption.
Al-Rubai’I told “Al-Sumariya News” that “Dilovan Barwari, who is a (NIRIJ) member, has received on Thursday the international Lorenzo Natali Prize for printed and electronic journalism in the Belgium capital Brussels for his investigative report (female Circumcision in Kurdistan Region)”, adding that “1500 reporters around the world took part in the competition”.
Al-Rubai’i stated that the mentioned report was supervised by his own and “was performed in cooperation with the Amman- based (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism ARIJ) which played a role in training the active members of NIRIJ (the Network of Iraqi Reporters for Investigative Journalism)”.
“Mayada Dawood (Milad Al-Juburi), Saman Noah and Muafaq Muhammad also won prizes for the Arab world’s first and second best investigative reports for 2011 in the Arab Spring Competition, which was held on the sidelines of the (ARIJ) conference in the Jordanian capital Amman with the participation of 12 Arab countries”, Al-Rubai’i added.
Al-Rubai’I also mentioned that “the Iraqi journalist Mayada Dawood won the first ARIJ Prize for the best Arabic investigative report of 2011 for her report (A Weak Law and Government Failure Lead the Iraqi Homeless People to Violence, deviation and crimes) which was made in cooperation with NIRIJ”, adding “the journalists Saman Noah and Mwuafaq Muhammad won the second prize for their report (After the Authorities Failure, the Kurdistan Women Incinerator Eats a Female up Every 20 Hours), which was made in cooperation with NIRIJ”.
Winning the first and second Lorenzo Natali prizes as the best investigative reports of the Arab World for 2011 by Iraqi journalists, comes after a year of winning the first and second best investigative reports in the Arab World for the year 2011 by Dilovan Barwari for his report (female Circumcision in Kurdistan Region) and Mayada Dawood (Milad Al-Juburi) for her report (Recruitment of Child Soldiers by Armed Groups).
Al-Rubai’I also mentioned that “NIRIJ is making preparations for granting two to three million Dinars to every Iraqi journalist who intends performing detailed investigative reports that deal with financial and administrative corruption, the defects of the Iraqi laws, the negative social phenomenon that large groups of Iraqis suffer from, in addition to human rights’ violation dossiers, environment vandalism and other phenomenon that the governmental institutions, authorities and NGOs failed to resolve.
NIRIJ, which is funded by the International Media Support IMS, is established in May 2011 by several Iraqi journalists specialized in investigative journalism.
Al-Sumariya News/ ARIJ Website/ Arabic Newspapers and Agencies
Dec. 9th, 2011