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Syrian woman, 30, wins journalism award for courage

A true shoe-leather reporter living and working in the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria, has been honored with a prestigious award for courage in the field of journalism. Zaina Erhaim, 30, is the recipient of the 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, an honor given jointly by Reporters Without Borders, Agence France-Press and the Global Media Forum. Erhaim trains citizens journalists, most of them women, and has contributed to the founding of several independent, Syria-based news outlets. Some of her students have published their work in the pages of major global newspapers and websites. Not surprisingly, Erhaim won high praise from the organizations that award the prize. “Zaina Erhaim is a force multiplier of journalistic values in a country torn by violence and irrationality,” Camille Mackler, the award’s project director, said. “We salute her courage, upholding professional ethics and bringing them to the service of those left to write history.”

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

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