Newsweek’s Middle East Editor, Janine di Giovanni, has been awarded the Courage in Journalism Award from theInternational Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), a Washington-based organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide.
The award celebrates female journalists who have overcome threats, oppression and the glass ceiling in their pursuit of the truth.
IWMF Executive Director, Elisa Lees Muñoz, said. “These courageous journalists have faced seemingly insurmountable security threats and personal challenges in reporting on global issues and often, their impact on women. It is an honour to celebrate their commitment to press freedom and their service to other women in their industry with our annual Courage Awards.”
Paris-based di Giovanni has been working for Newsweek since October 2013, and has written extensively about Syria in recent months, and visited the country numerous times.
A selection of her work for Newsweek ranges from visiting Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq on the front line of the fight against ISIS, to a deeply reported piece on The Syrian Civil Defence Force, known as The White Helmets, which consists of former students, teachers, vegetable sellers and farmers that put their lives at risk to save civilians in the ongoing conflict.
Her latest book The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria was published earlier this year.
Jim Impoco, Global Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek said: “Janine is one of the most passionate reporters I have ever worked with, always determined to shed light on the human suffering of those caught up in conflict and disaster. At a time when journalists are targets, no one exhibits more courage than this lovely, talented, informed and ever curious person we are proud to have as part of our team at Newsweek.”