Iraqi Journalist Atwar Bahjat Receives 2006 Louis M. Lyons Award

June 2006
Nieman Reports;Summer2006, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p116
The article focuses on Iraqi journalist Atwar Bahjat who is the recipient of the 2006 Louis M. Lyons Award. She was kidnapped and killed while covering the bombing of a Shiite shrine Askariya in Samarra, Iraq on February 22, 2006. She is considered by many Iraqis as their heroine. After the Iraqi government outlawed news service, Bahjat has went from delivering propaganda through censored state television to reporting on the U.S. occupation for Al Jazeera for months. The Nieman class of 2006 decided to give the award to her because she represents the many Iraqi journalists who have given their lives since the beginning of the Iraq War in March 2003.


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