Horror in Homs, a Channel 4 News report, highlighting the danger of reporting in the restive Syrian city, has won the 2012 Foreign Press Association (FPA) award in the TV news category.
The award was presented by Al Arabiya channel news editor, Mohamed Chebaro to the Channel 4 team. Al Arabiya was one of the sponsors of the annual event where 12 other accolades won by British and foreign journalists in recognition of their excellence in journalism.
The event was attended by a number of AA journalists, including Mostafa Zarou, Mohammad Chebaro and Al Arabiya English Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas.
The report by a freelance journalist known only by his nickname "Mani" was described by judges as moving and compelling providing unprecedented coverage from the besieged town of Homs in Syria.
The foreign Press Association (FPA) based in London represents journalists from 220 news organizations in 42 countries. The FPA provides access to high-level news-worthy briefing programs to its foreign correspondent and British journalists.
The FPA was founded in 1888 and it is one of the oldest clubs for foreign correspondents in the world. The FPA is a member of the UK Press Card Authority and provides accreditation to more than 1,500 journalists every year, representing all media from news agencies to print, broadcast and internet.
FPA media awards 2012 winners:
*Print and web news
Malcolm Moore: Inside the village that fought back- The Daily Telegraph
“MANI”, Nevine Mabro, Jonathan Miller, Theresa Smith and Agnieska Liggett: Horror In Homs- Channel 4 News
*Print & web feature
John Sutter, Edythe McNamee: Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stand- CNN Digital
Steph Atkinson, Rob Unsworth and BBC Current Affairs Salford: Escape from the world’s most dangerous place- BBC 3
Mark Daly, Murdoch Rodgers and Marcus Ryder: Rangers - The men who sold the jerseys- BBC Scotland Investigates
*Travel and tourism
Paola Totaro: The Barefoot Surgeon Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine
Natalia Antelava and Wesley Stephenson: Crossing Continents/ Assignment Uzbekistan BBC Radio 4/BBC World Service
Robert Peston, John Thynne and Sam Bagnall: The Great Euro Crash with Robert Peston- BBC
Russell Beard and Scott Corben: Bee Fence: Earthrise- Al Jazeera English
Katie Razzall , Anna Doble, Louise Turner: No Go Britain- Channel 4 News
*Arts and culture
Nick Glass, Tom Bouchier Hayes and Team: Leonardo-The Lost Painting- CNN
Nic Robertson, Ken Shiffman and Samantha Weihl: World’s Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project- CNN
*Journalist of the year
Paul Wood- BBC