Watani has been elated at news that its reporter Nader Shukry won the first Al-Husseini Abu-Deif award for dangerous journalism, covering events under perilous conditions
The award has been established by the Journalists’ Syndicate in Cairo, to commemorate the journalist al-Husseini Abu-Deif who lost his life in 2012 while covering events of rioting in Cairo.
Shukry has, throughout his career which began in 2002 with Watani, covered innumerable events of violence against Copts throughout Egypt. He has always been in the thick of the action, bringing to the paper and its readers a live, true picture of the real events. Most recently, he covered the wave of brutal attacks by the Islamists against the Copts in Upper Egypt: in Sohag, Assiut, Minya, Beni-Sweif, Fayoum, and Giza. In 2011 he covered the Maspero massacre, and in 2012 the protest by Egyptians against the sweeping powers the Islamist President Mursi grabbed in November 2012.
Shukry has to his name a book published by Watani in 2010 which tackled the ‘conciliation sessions’, out-of-court settlements by which Copts are forced into ‘conciliating’ with their attackers supposedly to bring about social peace but practically robbing the Copts of all their legal rights.
Watani congratulates Shukry and wishes him an ever-bright career.
8 December 2013