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Syrian woman Journalist Zaina Erhaim wins 2015 Peter Mackler Award

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A Syria-based woman journalist Zaina Erhaim has won the prestigious 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. She was awarded for her efforts to train citizen reporters despite facing harsh oppression in her war-ravaged country – Syria. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the National Press Club in Washington in late October 2015.

About Zaina Erhaim:


  • Zaina Erhaim lives and works in Aleppo, Syria which is the deadliest country for journalists since 2011 as per Media Rights Group.
  • Erhaim has trained about 100 citizen reporters (around one-third of them are women) from inside Syria over the last two years and also has helped in establishing new, independent newspapers and magazines in the war-torn country.
  • Erhaim has done extraordinary work both in training local residents and journalists who have become nearly the only first-hand source of news on the Syrian conflict and in supporting Syrian women living under siege.
  • Erhaim is also the Syria project coordinator for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), an international organization that supports journalists in countries undergoing conflict, crisis or transition.

About the Award:

  • The award has been named in the memory of late Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Peter Mackler.
  • It is given by Journalist Training Consortium comprising of Reporters without Borders, AFP and Global Media Forum which was founded by Mackler.
  • It was instituted in 2008.

Important points to Remember:

  • Capital of Syria: Damascus
  • Currency of Syria: Syrian pound
  • Syrian President: Bashar al-Assad
  • Syrian Prime minister: Wael Nader al-Halqi