About ARIJ Annual Awards

The year 2021 marks the ARIJ 12th Annual Awards, which honoured Arab journalists who took on scathing criticism, faced reluctant sources, and risked retaliation, to bring to light corruption and injustice in their societies. The ARIJ Awards acknowledge the integrity and professionalism of these journalists; setting benchmarks for future generations to model. The awards are nonpartisan and independent of all factions, organizations, political parties, corporations, labor unions, religions or causes beyond investigative reporting itself.

In short, ARIJ honors unfettered truth-telling. Ten Finalists will reach the top and compete to be one of three winners announced on December 5, 2021, closing ceremony, in front of the award-winning journalists and distinguished leaders in the field gathered at the ARIJ 2021 Annual Forum. The awards were open to all Arab journalists. The deadline to enter was September 30.

Submissions must have been in Arabic and produced and/or written by an Arab Journalist. Entries were judged on their content, creativity, and impact. 

Here are the awards: 

Best Arab Investigation – Gold Award

Best Arab Investigation – Silver Award

Best Arab Investigation – Bronze Award

To apply, please click here

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Timeline

17/08/2021
Open registration to submit awards
30/09/2021
Closing registration
01/10/2021
Jury Selection Committee Starts its work
20/10/2021
Jury Starts its work
25/11/2021
Annouce Finalists
05/12/2021
Ceremony and Awards

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Jury

Abdel Wahab Badrakhan

Jury Head

An Arab journalist and political analyst, and one of the most prominent columnists and writers of commentaries in the Arab world.

Hanene Zbiss

Jury Member

Tunisian investigative journalist and trainer in investigative journalism. She won several Arab and international awards

Ali Anouzla

Jury Member

A writer and journalist from Morocco, and director of the Lakome.com website, banned by the Moroccan

Safaa Faisal

Jury Member

BBC senior programmes editor, is currently leading the production of first-class long form and magazine style

Acil Tabbara

Jury Member

Acil Tabbara is a senior media professional with over 30 years of experience with Agence France Presse, a leading..

Screening Committee

Munir Al-Khatib

Editor In-Chief

Munir Al-Khatib is a highly experienced journalist and media consultant with over 24 years of experience as an editorial leader..

Hoda Osman

Executive Editor

Hoda Osman has worked at the ABC News Investigative Unit, with CBS News Investigative Unit, as a correspondent for France24...

Bissane El-Cheikh

Executive Editor

Bissane El-Cheikh has worked with Al-Hayat newspaper where her main focus was field reporting and investigative journalism...

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