The News staffer wins Lorenzo Natali Prize
KARACHI,January 3,2005: The News staffer and young journalist Zulfiqar Shah has won European Commission’s prestigious ‘Lorenzo Natali Prize’ for the year 2004. His feature story on honour killings ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ published in November 2003 has been ranked one of the best three articles of Asia Pacific region by a Paris-based Grand Jury.
More than 450 journalists from throughout the world participated in 2004 edition of ‘Lorenzo Natali Prize’ After an administrative process done by Propager, the award handling agency, articles were sent to School of Journalists, Paris, for pre-selection. Finally most deserving articles from five regions were presented to Jury.
The Jury, in its meeting on December 16, 2004, selected Zulfiqar Shah’s article for ‘Lorenzo Natali Prize’ and ranked it one of the best three articles of Asia Pacific region.
Shah has been invited to Brussels to receive the award in a ceremony scheduled for January 17. M Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid will deliver the award. The European Commission-supported Lorenzo Natali Prize also carry cash prize.
Created by the European Commission in 1992, the Natali Prize for Journalism is awarded each year to journalists from the written and on-line press who stood out for their remarkable understanding and particular involvement in reporting on Human Rights and Democracy as vital elements of economic and social development.
The Prize is given to journalists from Europe, Africa, the Arab World, Iran and Israel, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Source: The News