IHC and DPC sign agreement to support humanitarian journalism

DUBAI: Dubai Press Club (DPC), which represents the General Secretariat of the Arab Journalism Award (AJA), on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai-based International Humanitarian City (IHC), to support and enhance the humanitarian journalism.

Under the agreement, the two parties will collaborate to contact and urge media organizations and individuals focusing on humanitarian journalism to submit entries to this category of the Award. Also under the agreement, IHC will cover the award’s financial amount of US$15,000.

The agreement was signed by the Executive Director of Dubai Press Club and representative of the General Secretariat of the Arab Journalism Awards Maryam Bin Fahad, and the Chief Executive Officer of the International Humanitarian City Shaima Al Zarooni.

The signing ceremony was hosted at the International Humanitarian City premises in the presence of Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the GCC countries Khalid Khalifa and representative of Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) – a leading source in the field of humanity news which witnessed the launching of the new Award.

“DPC’s partnership with the International Humanitarian City comes in recognition of its efforts to establish a pioneering community in humanitarian action. We are confident this initiative will encourage the media, which is a key partner in highlighting humanitarian issues, to support the work of the humanitarian international and Arab institutions in the UAE,” Maryam Bin Fahad said.

“The IHC, which is chaired by UN Messenger of Peace Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, strongly believes in the crucial role the media plays in recognizing the unsung heroes – and their continuous efforts – to help revive and rebuild communities wherever a humanitarian crises has occurred,” Shaima Al Zarooni said.

Under this agreement, the two parties will collaborate to contact and urge media organizations and individuals focusing on humanitarian journalism to submit entries to this category. Through this agreement IHC will cover the award financial amount valued at US$15,000.

The Arab Journalism Awards recently opened submissions for the twelfths edition. Entries are to be made at the Award’s site by 31st of December, 2012.

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