The 2007 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism – FULLY BOOKED

Talk 14 November 2007

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The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and the Institute for War & Peace Reporting present an evening to celebrate the best in committed and fearless reporting.

Hosted by Christiane Amanpour of CNN and the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Advisory Board.

The Award Ceremony to be followed by a special panel discussion:

“Getting the real story out: How to access and verify stories from inside the world’s most problematic and isolated countries?”
Please join us for an evening’s celebration to acknowledge, reward and remember those journalists around the world working out of the spotlight to report on the world’s crises, conflicts and challenges. The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism were set up to recognize the best in local and freelance reporters who make such a critical contribution to international understanding, but whose work is often overlooked by the mainstream media.

This year’s winners are the late Sahar Al-Haideri, an Iraqi freelance journalist and IWPR trainee who paid the ultimate price for her commitment to journalism – and German freelancer Mario Kaiser who followed a story no editor dared commission. The awards were established in memory of Kurt Schork, the widely-admired journalist who was killed in Sierra Leone while on assignment for Reuters.

The Award ceremony will be followed by a panel-led discussion on the challenges of accessing, checking and disseminating reports from inside closed and problematic societies where borders are sealed, populations threatened and communications shut down.

With Con Coughlin (Executive Foreign Editor, The Daily Telegraph), Adel Darwish (Political Editor, Middle East Magazine), Ann Leslie (foreign correspondent, The Daily Mail), Myint Swe (senior journalist, BBC WS Burmese Section) and Ali Pedram (Editor, Mianeh).

Seating at the Frontline for this free event will be strictly limited and is being allocated on a strictly pre-reserved basis. Food and refreshments will be served after the event in the clubroom.

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting is proud to be partnering the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund in celebrating the best in international freelance and local reporting around the world. For more information about the awards and the winners, visit or

This event is FULLY BOOKED.