This award is the first of its kind in the Arab and international world to encourage creativity in media work for Palestine. It also aims to recognise the achievements of creative Media People and support their creative endeavours that contribute to achieving a deeper and better understanding of Palestine’s issues in the past and present.
Individuals or groups can be chosen for the award through nominating a work published or broadcasted through any traditional or new media outlets. Such work includes written, audio, visual, or a combination of such types of work.
Media work for the sake of Palestine requires an elevation of the standards of innovation and creativity and must avoid conventional or formulaic presentation of the Palestinian cause, as well as exaggeration or distortion.
The idea for the award was the fruit of discussion at the Tawassul 2 conference held by the Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication in the spring of 2016. It aims to value the efforts of everyone inside and outside historic Palestine, including individuals and groups. The award will be given every two years, beginning in spring 2018.
Whether you are an individual or a group, work alone through a small or big company, a public, government, or private media organisation, an educational institution, or a local or international NGO, this is your chance to introduce the world to your creative work related to Palestine.
The award also encourages school and university students studying various majors and specialisations, to participate in order to stimulate their imagination and challenge the future generation to present their media creations regarding the Palestinian cause.
Motivate creativity and innovation, as well as add value to the way Palestinian issues are raised in the media.
First session: Naji Al-Ali
The Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication general secretariat decided to name the first session of the Media Creativity for Palestine Award after Palestinian cartoonist Naji Al-Ali.
One sign of the greatness of this moment in time is that given his sharp vision and insightfulness, Naji can still speak to the living. Children who were born after his assassination on a street in London can still recognize him and he still inspires rebellion in art and politics. Many artists yearn to reach his status and many lament his loss, although he was not concerned with remaining famous or remembered.
Second session: Yasser Murtaja
The Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication general secretariat decided to name the second session of the Media Creativity for Palestine Award after Palestinian Yasser Murtaja
Yasser Murtaja was a photojournalist and filmmaker who dreamt of nothing more than the chance to pursue his hobbies and be creative, without being restricted by the Gaza blockade. Yet the closure of the Rafah crossing with Egypt has always stood in the way of him achieving his dreams.
As he covered protests against the occupation in Gaza, he was shot by occupation forces. They killed his dreams. His camera remained a live witness to his death, as if mourning him and saying: “You can now take a picture of Gaza from above, like you always wished you could”.