Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Shi Tao
A Chinese journalist serving a 10-year prison sentence for revealing his government's orders to newspapers to censor their reporting of the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary, has been awarded the 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize from the World Association of Newspapers.
08 June 2007
Arab Newspaper Wins International Design Awards

GulfNews.jpgIn tough competition with almost 14,000 other newspapers, the Gulf News of the United Arab Emirates recently became the most awarded paper from the Arab region in the international Best of Newspaper Design competition.

24 May 2007
Bastiat Prize for Journalism 2007

The Bastiat Prize is available to writers publishing works eloquently and wittily elucidating the institutions of a free society.

17 May 2007
Enter The Inquirer Award Contest

Print and television journalists from Jordan, Lebanon Syria and Palestine are invited to submit entries for The Inquirer Award ­2007, the investigative reporter of the year award.

10 May 2007
Double award for Public Execution

logowpc.jpgPalestinian photographer Mohammed Ballas, from Associated Press, won the third prize singles in the spot news category of the 50th annual World Press Photo Contest.

05 April 2007
Courage Awards for Women Journalists

MayChidiac_web.jpgThe International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations from around the world for its 2007 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.

14 March 2007
Enter the Samir Kassir Award contest

samir_kassir.jpegMiddle Eastern and North African journalists working in print, radio, television or online are invited to submit entries for the second edition of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press by 30 March 2007.

08 March 2007
2007 Kurt Schork Awards

smallKurt2_1.jpg Print journalists covering local stories in developing countries and freelancers specialized in foreign reporting have until 15 June 2007 to enter the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. The submitted articles should focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy. The stories must have been published between 1 March 2006 and 30 April 2007.

The contest, which is co-organised by Institute for War and Peace Reporting, an international non-profit media development network, and the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund, celebrates the memory of the American freelance reporter killed in an ambush while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone in May 2000.

Two annual prizes of $5,000 each are awarded - one to to a local journalist in the developing world, and the second to an international freelance journalist covering foreign news. Massoud Ansari from Pakistan and the late Steven Vincent from the US were last year’s winners.

06 March 2007
New Award to Support the Right to Publish
The Switzerland-based International Publisher’s Association (IPA) has created a prize to honor a person, organization or institution that has stand out in defending and promoting the freedom to publish anywhere in the world.
Newsletter No 31
11 July 2006
Canadian Journalists Association Seeks Nominations for Press Freedom Award
The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is looking for nominations for its two annual International Press Freedom Awards, which honor journalists and media outlets that have faced risks to ensure that media remain free.
Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
Website Launched for Gebran Tueni Award
The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has launched a website for the Gebran Tueni Award. The award aims to honor the memory of the slain journalist by supporting courageous and independent publishers, editors and newspapers in the Arab countries. You can visit the website (in Arabic and English) at
Newsletter No 29
23 May 2006
Last Entries for the Samir Kassir Award for MEDA Journalists
The Delegation of the European Commission in Lebanon and the Samir Kassir Foundation are calling for the last entries for the Samir Kassir Award for freedom of the press that aims to perpetuate the Lebanese journalist’s memory, murdered in June 2005.
Newsletter No 25
11 April 2006
Call for Entries for International Cartoon Competition
Cartoonists are encouraged to enter the 6th International Editorial Cartoon Competition, hosted by the National Press Club of Canada and stand a chance to win a first prize of CDN 1,500. The theme of this year’s competition is “Cartooning in a dangerous environment”, to illustrate the pressure under which cartoonists perform their craft: the “chill” of a potential libel suit, the temptation of self-censorship, and security, political, economic and/or editorial constraints to artistic expression.
Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
Cartoon Competition for French-Language Newspapers
The Francophone Press Union is calling for entries for its African Press Cartoons Contest organized in the light of the Book and Press Fair to be hold in Geneva (Switzerland) from 27 April to 1 May.
Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
The Ibda’a Media Student Awards Now Opened
The Dubai Media City is organizing the fifth edition of the Ibda’a Awards for media students all over the world. Held with the cooperation of the International Advertisers Association – UAE Chapter, the awards aim to recognize young media talent.
Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
One World Media Awards
Arab journalists who have covered political, social or cultural topics in developing countries can submit their entries for the One World Media awards before 3 March. Although the contest is for media in the UK, two categories are open to international media.
Newsletter No 19
21 February 2006
CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards Open to Arab Journalists
Journalists from Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia can participate in the CNN  Multichoice African Journalism Awards, a competition aiming to reinforce the importance of the journalists’ role in the continent and to recognize and develop journalistic talent across all disciplines.
Newsletter No 18
14 February 2006
Call for Nominations for IWMF Awards
The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking nominations from around the world for its 2006 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Newsletter No 15
24 January 2006
Last Days for Entries for the Arab Journalism Awards
The Dubai Press Club is accepting entries for the Arab Journalism Awards until 15 January 2006. These awards will be presented during spring 2006.
Newsletter No 12
27 December 2005
Awards in Reporting on Microfinance
Inter Press Service (IPS), in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has launched the 2005 Journalism Awards for Microfinance. The purpose of the award is to encourage media attention to the topic. Three prizes of $1000 each will be awarded to three reporters from print or on line media from across the globe.
Newsletter No 12
27 December 2005
Call for Entries for World Press Photo Contest
Arab photojournalists are encouraged to submit their best photographs to the World Press Photo contest. The prize-winning pictures will be exhibited in 85 cities in 40 countries. The exhibition is accompanied by a yearbook published in 7 languages. More
Newsletter No 9
06 December 2005
Excellence in Newspaper Marketing Awards
The International Newspaper Marketing Association (INMA) has announced its 2006 awards in excellence in newspaper marketing. These awards are open to newspapers throughout the world. The entry forms are currently available online. More
Newsletter No 4
25 October 2005
Contest for Journalistic Works on Science and Technology in Egypt
The Egyptian branch of the German Siemens Corporation has announced a contest in science and technology journalism. The contest is open to African journalists from any media who excelled in reporting in the broad field of science and technology between 1 January and 20 November 2005. More
Newsletter No 3
13 October 2005
Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
Arab freelancers and local reporters are invited to submit their applications for the 2006 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. The stories can focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross border issues or any other issue of controversy in a particular region or country. More
Newsletter No 2
06 October 2005
Arab Submissions Encouraged for Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism
Arab journalists who have written and published an article on human rights and or/democracy between 1 January 2004 and 31 August 2005, are encouraged to submit their work for a chance to win the prestigious Natali Prize for Journalism More
Newsletter No 1
28 September 2005
Essay Competition for Young Writers From Arab Countries
The European Training Foundation (ETF) is inviting young people (age 18 to 29 years) from 29 countries to participate in a competition by writing an article on their vision for “Women in education and employment in 2010” More
Newsletter No 1
28 September 2005