Prince Khalifa honours top-achieving journalists in Bahrain


Two journalists, one columnist and one photographer have won the Khalifa Bin Salman Press awards for 2017.

Zahra Habib from Al Watan daily won the Best Investigative Report award; Sayed Ahmad Radhi, from Al Ayyam daily, won the Best Press Interview award; Sayed Zahra, from Akhbar Al Khaleej, took the Best Columnaward; and Ebrahim Khalil, from Al Bilad, took the Best Press Photo award.

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the patron of the awards, honoured the laureates at a ceremony marking Bahrain Press Day.

In 2014, King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa called for marking an annual a day for the Bahraini press as “an occasion to honour the national press and pay tribute to journalists and media persons in recognition of their dedication, patriotic efforts and noble mission.”

Prince Khalifa said honouring the national press was “a token of appreciation for all those who played a crucial role in enlightening society and serving its security and stability to the fullest.”

“The Bahraini Press is based on the milestone achievements of successive generations of journalists and columnists who were committed to press ethics and to the nobility of their mission, as well as to placing national interests above everything else,” he said.

“There is always the need to draw inspiration from the landmark contributions of press pioneers in the kingdom and to follow in their steps in countering attempts to undermine national unity. Journalists have a significant role in clarifying facts and shedding light on the challenges faced by the kingdom.”

Zahra Habib, who made history by becoming the first woman to win a Khalifa Bin Salman Press award, but was unable to attend the ceremony, later said that it was a special day for all Bahraini women in the media.

“It proves keenness on empowering women in the media sector,” she said. “I am grateful to HRH the Prime Minister for the honour and for the immense support to journalists, which motivates the media to reach higher standards.”

Khalil Ebrahim said that the award was a great boost for photojournalism.

“The importance of photos can never be underestimated,” he said. “Historically, the photo has always been a reliable reference to events. It has now become even more significant with the proliferation of social media that rely heavily on pictures across the world. This, in turn, calls for the need to take greater care of photographers and photojournalists.”

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