Syrian woman Journalist Zaina Erhaim wins 2015 Peter Mackler Award
A Syria-based woman journalist Zaina Erhaim has won the prestigious 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
She was bestowed with this award for her efforts to train citizen reporters in her war-ravaged country. She has trained about 100 citizen reporters (third of them are women) from inside Syria over the last two years. She also has helped in establishing new, independent newspapers and magazines in the war-torn country.
Presently, Erhaim lives and works in Aleppo, Syria and will be presented with this award at a ceremony to be held at the National Press Club in Washington in late October 2015.
It should be noted that since 2011, the media rights group has listed Syria as the deadliest country for journalists.
About Peter Mackler Award
- The award has been named in the memory of late Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Peter Mackler.
- It was instituted in 2008 to honour the memory of Mackler, who had died of a heart attack in the same year at the age of 58.
- It is given by journalist training consortium comprising of Reporters Without Borders, AFP and Global Media Forum which was founded by Mackler.