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Schork Awards Contenders Announced

Thirteen candidates have made it onto the shortlist for this year’s Kurt Schork Awards for International Journalism.

This year a total of 13 journalists – seven in the freelance category  and six in the local reporter category – have been shortlisted for the  2010 Kurt Schork Awards for International Journalism.  The candidates are:

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Miles Amoore

His Last Lonely Walk – The Sunday Times
Blood Brothers Scarred by War – The Sunday Times
Blood, Bombs and Boys Talk – The Sunday Times

Stephen Grey

Jonno the Brave – The Sunday Times
Cracking on in Helmand – Prospect Magazine
The Gangs of Kandahar – Le Monde Diplomatique

Tristan McConnell

Anarchy and Death Rule in City on the Frontline of Terror – The Times
The Invisible Country:  Somaliland’s Struggle for Independence – Virginia Quarterly Review
We’re Everybody’s Enemy – That’s How It Is To Be a Hutu – The Times

Celia Mercier

The Dangerous Waves of Mullah Radio – Libération
Shabnam, 7, Home Slave – Libération

Saeed Shah

Taliban Rivals Unite to Fight US Troops Surge – The Guardian
Pakistan Turns Blind Eye to Terror Group’s New Base – The Sunday Telegraph
Afghan Government in Tentative Talks with Insurgent Leader – McClatchy Newspapers

Jerome Starkey

NATO Covered Up Botched Up Raid – The Times
US Special Forces ‘hacked bullets out of corpses to cover up botched up raid’ – The Times
US Army Chief Begs Afghans to Forgive – The Times

Hannah Strange

Mexican Army Blamed as More Young Men Disappear – The Times
Parents of Lost Daughters Fear Femicide in Ciudad Juarez – The Times
Mosquito Coast Locals Get Rich on Cocaine tossed Away by Drug Runners – The Times

Local Reporter Category

Reji Joseph – Deepika Daily

The Priest with the Midas Touch
The Appalling Nepalese Flesh Trade in India
Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Sri Lankan Children

Eduardo Lingao – Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism

Ampatuans Used Public Office to Amass Illegal Guns
Arroyo, Ampatuans Mocked Agencies in Crafty Power Play

Tsisti Matope – Public Eye

Hope Never Comes
When Light Flickered No More
Away From My Umbilical Cord

Malou Mangahas – Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism

Can President Arroyo Explain Her Wealth? Gloria Gets Richer Faster, Beats Cory, Ramos, Erap
The Foggy Financial History of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Arroyo, Ampatuans Mocked Agencies in Crafty Power Play

Adrian Corneliu Mogos – Jurnalul Nat̨ional

Forged Identity – Highway to the EU
Fields of Terror – The New Slave Trade in the Heart of Europe

Kartikeya Tripathi – The Times of India

In Baghdad for a Fast Buck
From Ruins to Riches, a Biz Story
The Unlikely KINGMAKER

This year the Schork jury includes Jeremy Bowen of the BBC,  John Burns of The New York Times, Sir Harold Evans, Rana Husseini , author and human rights activist and Michela Wrong, journalist and author.

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About the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund

The Kurt Schork Awards is the only media prize to honour the contributions of freelance journalists covering foreign news and reporters from the developing world and countries in transition. Established in 2001, the awards celebrate the life and work of Kurt Schork, the former freelance reporter who was killed ten years ago in Sierra Leone on assignment for Reuters.  The goal of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund, however, is to not only honour, but assist these often overlooked journalists with a $5,000 monetary award that recognises their contribution to news and provides some financial means to help them continue reporting.

About Institute for War and Peace Reporting

IWPR undertakes long-term capacity-building programmes in more than two dozen areas of crisis and conflict around the world. Established in 1993, its work focuses on training, reporting and institution-building. This includes establishing independent local media and supporting institutions; training local reporters, editors and producers in basic and specialist skills; supporting extensive in-depth reporting on human rights, good governance and related issues; disseminating fact-based reporting in developing countries and internationally; and strengthening communications capacity of local human rights, women’s and grassroots organisations and activists.

Institute for War & Peace Reporting is honoured to administer the Kurt Schork Awards.

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