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28/06/2014
The FPA wishes members, friends and colleagues Ramadan Kareem.
20/06/2014
Deliberate violence and intimidation against professional journalists carrying out their work anywhere is totally unacceptable.
29/05/2014
A change in policy appears to be the reason for unprecedented aggressive behaviour by the authorities against journalists covering demonstrations in Jerusalem
16/05/2014
The FPA condemns the violent attack on journalists in the Ramallah environs and demands that steps be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.
28/04/2014
The FPA has a new chairman and Board.
25/03/2014
Former FPA chairman and TIME correspondent Robert Slater passed away in Jerusalem this morning after a long illness. See "Former Chairmen"
24/03/2014
An AP cameraman "encouraged" to leave the site of a demonstration by shooting at his car at the entrance to the Aida refugee camp yesterday. See "Statements"
23/03/2014
The FPA protests multiple SMS and emailed threats made to foreign journalists and demands the Hamas takes steps to stop this.
17/03/2014
The well known veteran Dutch correspondent Adriaan Bloemendaal passed away in Tel Aviv yesterday. See "In Memoriam" as he is remembered by his friends.
11/03/2014
Photojournalists from Reuters and AP injured by border police at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem this evening.
28/02/2014
The FPA condemns the violent and unprofessional behavior of an Israeli policeman during disturbances on Feb. 28 in East Jerusalem
20/12/2013
Newly arrived correspondents - useful pointers. NB The regulations re drivers licenses for foreign journalists based in Israel are about to change. Members will be updated as soon as we have some clarity.
02/12/2013
The FPA replies to the IDF response re Qualandia events on 29th November. See Statements
01/12/2013
The FPA strongly protests last Friday's attempt by the IDF forces to clear Qalandia of photojournalists by firing rubber bullets and stun grenades directly at them. See Statements.
27/07/2013
The FPA deplores the closure of Al Arabiyeh's offices in Gaza by Hamas.
04/07/2013
The FPA protests unacceptable behavior by the border police against journalists on assignment yet again
17/05/2013
FPA members congratulated on receiving Overseas Press Club photography awards for 2012
02/04/2013
Unwanted photojournalists, this time at Qalandia Crossing Saturday March 30th. See "Statements"
11/03/2013
This past Saturday Hizmeh junction near Jerusalem was the conflict zone - against the photojournalists again ! See Statements.
10/02/2013
Saturday showdown, this time in the South Hebron Hills. Photographers not welcome !
06/02/2013
Journalists get in the way of security again, this time in Burin.
16/01/2013
The FPA yet again calls on Israel refrain from barring access to news worthy events by manhandling journalists. See "Statements"
28/02/2012
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS FOR AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS FOR 2014

 

Former FPA member and Times foreign editor Richard Beeston, died of cancer in May 2013. There are two awards in his memory.    Applications must be submitted by 9am on September 29th, 2014.

 

 Paul Danahar's update of "The New Middle East" is now available in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon.

 

THE crime fiction and thriller podcast with Matt Rees | MATT ... www.mattrees.net/podcast/ Award-winning crime novelist Matt Rees reads a FREE thriller novel, and also gives writing tips for thrillers and crime fiction.

 

Congratulations to John Lyons for his new documentary ‘Stone Cold Justice’ about Israel’s military justice system which recently aired on ABC Australia's prestigous "Four Corners" program.


Congratulations to long-time FPA member and former board member MARK LAVIE on the publication of his book " Broken Spring" based on his two years of reporting in Cairo. Made up of 40 short chapters looking into what happened to Arab Spring and why, life in Egypt, similar developments in the region and Israel's role. The book has been published by Gefen Publishing House and is available through Amazon and other portals as a paperback or an e-book.  Mark is available for interviews or further information at +972 52 7212143
 

Congratulations and good luck to CHARLES ENDERLIN on  the completion of his TV documentary movie which follows the book with the same title : " Au nom du Temple", " In the Name of the Temple". The movie has been nominated for the important French TV festival FIGRA to be held towards the end of this month. The first 3 minutes can be seen on their site.


Congratualtions to David Landau on the publication of his book  'Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon' 
 

First up for congratulations this year is Dan Williams on the publication of his masterful mystery on Kindle Strip Mine: A Jody Moore Thriller available from Amazon . 


 
2013

To Simcha Jacobovici on winning the Gold Dolphin Award in the category of “Science and Information” at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for the documentary “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery”

To Martin Fletcher on the publication of his book  "Jacob's Oath" in New York today 


To Paul  Danahar, Paul Wood and Richard Colebourn  and the BBC Middle East team on winning the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Award for their coverage of  Syria  in the category of : OUTSTANDING CONTINUING COVERAGE OF A NEWS STORY IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST   

To Kevin Peraino on the publication of his book on President Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power


To Paul Danahar on the publication of his book  "The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring"  Listen to a live discussion with Paul on current  mideast affairs. Follow on Twitter   

Congratulations to Rina Castelnuovo of the New York Times on the exhibition of her work in New York In July: "Bereaved" covering the parents circle families forum - "They are Palestinians and they are Israelis. They have lost their sisters and brothers and children, lost them in terror attacks, clashes suicide bombings and military service."

David Rubinger's   photography  "My Eye on Israel" now available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes. Books must be read on an iOS device


Overseas Press Club Annual Awards for 2012 go to - Oded Balilty of AP, best feature photography award published in any medium on an international theme for " An Ultra orthodox Wedding"
Bernat Armangue of AP, best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers or news services for "Conflict in Gaza".


Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards for reporting on the bombardment of Homs go to Paul Wood and Richard Colebourn

Silver Sony award for radio journalist of the year to Jon Donnison with editor Paul Danahar and producers Hamada Abu Qammar and Rushdi Abualouf for their Gaza coverage. Twitter:  Paul DanaharRushdi AbualoufJon Donnison


Simcha Jacobovici for his film “Tales from the Organ Trade” directed by Ric Eshter Bienstock and co-produced with Felix Golubev that has just premiered in Canada at the Hot Docs Film Festival, and has also won Best Documentary in New Zealand in the Documentary Edge Festival 2013, and has been nominated in the Milan Film Festival. http://www.talesfromtheorgantrade.com/
 

VisionTV in Canada will present the world premiere of Martin Himel's " JEW BASHING: THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM," a 4-part series from award-winning filmmaker and veteran war correspondent Martin Himel. Martin and his team went undercover to get influential politicians, clerics, journalists, and academics to talk about their hatred of Jews. He investigated and penetrated Anti-Zionist movements, white supremacist groups, and militant Islamic movements, exposing and capturing on camera anti-Semitism as viewers have never seen it before. 

 

Matt Rees and Matthew Kalman http://www.deltafourth.com/ for their latest "hot on the kindle" http://www.mattrees.net/2013/03/17/meet-nutanyahu-d4s-new-ebook-shows-why-israeli-pm-wants-to-fail/#comment-42743
 

Marco Longari for being chosen by TIME as best photographer on the wire services for 2012 http://lightbox.time.com/2012/12/20/marco-longari-time-picks-2012s-best-photographer-on-the-wires/#1
 

Matthew Kalman and Matt Rees - who have started an alternative news venture called DeltaFourth -- combining the ethos of Delta Force and the Fourth Estate. Their first publication is a short book called THE MURDER OF YASSER ARAFAT: Polonium Politics in Palestine.
DeltaFourth reveals for the first time the murderous story behind the death of the historic controversial Palestinian leader, uncovering a plot that reached to his inner circle. The style is hard-hitting and hardboiled. There are more short books soon to follow. http://www.deltafourth.com/about-deltafourth/ http://www.deltafourth.com/


2012

Mike Widlanski on the publication of his book " Battle for our Minds

In addition on April 25th Lulu Navarro of NPR will receive the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award.


Henrique Cymerman on receiving the Daniel Pearl Award for 2012. The award given by the ADL, is named after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was abducted and killed in Pakistan in Feb. 1, 2002 while pursuing a story about international terrorism. www.danielpearl.org  
http://video.adl.org/services/player/bcpid31639159001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAACAC8o0~,eFjfYCQhqFUg6i42WnjWM2N3nMYveFRo&bclid=769434682&bctid=1452748783001
 

2011

Veteran journalist Matt Rees, who has been called “the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine” (L’Express) argues that much news coverage of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere can’t convey the full impact of events. That’s particularly true, he says, in Syria, where the demonstrations and government violence take place largely out of sight of journalists.
This short story is Rees' answer to his readers: " I also wanted them to have the opportunity to see events in the form of fiction, which I believe can have a deep emotional impact.”

Diaa Hadid of the Associated Press won a Foreign Correspondent Citation by B’nai B’rith for her June 18, 2011, article on the Jewish community and Dar al-Bishi synagogue in Tripoli during the Libyan revolution. So did Jana Beris (Jerozolimski), editor of the Uruguayan Jewish weekly newspaper Semanario Hebreo, for her March 21, 2011, interview with Natan Sharansky.
 

2010

Tim Butcher has done it again with his latest book on Africa. This time following in the footsteps of Graham Green "Chasing the Devil, The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit" is the story of his 350 mile trek through Sierra Leone and Liberia, using the device of travel to unravel the turbulent history of West Africa. Adventure. `Chasing The Devil'   and his No 1 best-seller, `Blood River

To Charles Enderlin on the publication of his new book "Un enfant est mort. Netzarim. 30 septembre. 2000

Bob Slater on the publication of his new book " Seizing Power: The Grab for Global Oil Wealth"
 

Karim Lebhour on the publication of his new book " Quiet Days in Gaza", http://www.riveneuve.com/recits_chroniques.php

Osama Silwadi on the forthcoming publication of his book on Jerusalem and on recieving an Award in Doha recently. See Lens: Despair and Joy Among the Palestinians by Rina Castelnuovo on the wheelchair bound photographer who was injured some years ago by a militia firing on a demonstration in Ramallah. Osama today runs a photo agency.

David Rubinger of TIME on his photo-bio "Israel through my lens-60 years as photojournalist" now launched in German in Berlin. Originally published by Abbeville in NY in English, it was then published by "Keter" in Hebrew and now in its third language. David also opened the Goldman-Rubinger exhibition in Munich at the beginning of April. See photo exhibits from a recent exhibition in Paris: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/205/17/0

Dr. Ben Segenreich of Austrian radio and TV, on receiving the " Silver Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria" The Austrian Embassy wrote inter alia:"Der Österreichische Botschafter würdigte in seiner Laudatio den langjährigen professionellen und couragierten journalistischen Einsatz für eine objektive und aktuelle Berichterstattung aus einer der Krisenregionen der Welt durch den erfahrenen TV-, Radio- und Printjournalisten: "Dr. Ben Segenreich ist heute für viele Österreicher zum bekanntesten österreichischen Gesicht und zur vertrautesten österreichischen Stimme in Israel geworden", und, so der Botschafter weiter, "zu einem Anker für aktuelle, ausgewogene Informationen aus einem Land, das stets im Brennpunkt der internationalen Medienberichterstattung steht". www.aussenministerium.at/telaviv

Stephen Farrell of the New York Times on the publication of his book "Hamas; The Islamic Resistance Movement"
"Dubbed terrorists by the West for its horrific suicide bombings Hamas stunned the world when it won one of the only free elections in the Arab world. In this fast paced and clear headed narrative, Farrell and Milton-Edwards blend frontline reportage with deep historical insight to tell a compelling tale of how a quadriplegic visionary with no formal clerical training led a band of lay preachers to found on of  the most powerful Islamic movements in the Middle East."
James Hider, ME bureau chief of The Times. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamas-Resistance-Movement-Beverley-Milton-Edwards/dp/0745642969/ref=sr_1_1? ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270974287&sr=1-1
See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy--_NU99lI  

Photojournalists Kevin Frayer, Mohammed Muheisen, Nasser Shiyouki, Khalil Hamra and Adel Hanna all of The Associated Press for prizes awarded in various categories by the National Headliner Awards of the U.S http://www.nationalheadlinerawards.com/Winners2010Print.html

Rina Castelnuovo on the NPPA Best of Photojournalism - that is the National Press Photographers' Association who won the Overseas Press Club Award for the best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers in a series called "Leaving Gaza. for 2006.

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