Blitz editor gets MMF Award
Media Forum Prize 2007 was awarded to Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, the
founder and editor of the “Weekly Blitz”, a Bangladeshi newspaper,
which editorial line confronts religious hatred and openly urges Islam
to embrace peaceful co-existence with other religions. Mr. Choudhury
has been one of the utmost advocates of peaceful dialogue with the
Christian and Jewish worlds, not hesitating to put his own life into
jeopardy for the sake of the cause he chose to stand for.
a full day of intense technology and business related debates, HSH
Prince Albert II reminded the 300 media leaders, that the media could
not be regarded as just any industry because “freedom
of expression and its corollary freedom of the press is one of the most
fundamental human rights”. Furthermore, H.S.H. Prince Albert II stressed
the need for the media community to reward those who have succeeded in
using the media for the greatest benefice of Mankind, such as Mr.
Choudhury’s nomination was the result of a one-year selection and
reflection conducted by the Prize Jury headed by Peace Nobel prize
winner Elie Wiesel and composed of some of the most commendable
individuals in the field of journalism: Marvin Kalb, Lecturer in Public
Policy and Senior Fellow, at the Shorenstein Center, Gwen Lister, South
African-born Namibian journalist, editor of the “The Namibian”, and
winner of International Women's Media Foundation “Courage in Journalism
Award” in 2004, Joyce Barnathan, President & CEO of International
Center for Journalists, Monique Atlan, a most prominent figure of
French TV journalism, Franz-Olivier Giesbert, Editor Newsweekly Le
Point and one of France most well know journalists, Roger-Pol Droit,
author-researcher at the French National Center for Scientific
Research/philosopher and John Rossant, former editor BusinessWeek
Europe, Vice President Communications & Public Affairs, Publicis
Monaco Media Award is the highest honor of the Republic of Monaco, introduced this year to honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in defending human rights.
In the award lecture, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
praised Shoaib Choudhury for his outstanding and courageous role in
promoting interfaith understanding as well confronting religious
hatred. Award Committee jury Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel said, first
Monaco Media Award has gone to the hand of the most courageous
South Asia for his extra-ordinary courage and commitment in ensuring global peace.
The award ceremony took place at Hotel De Paris with a large number of invited guests.
About The Monaco Media Forum:
Chaired by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco,
the Monaco Media Forum is co-chaired by Barry Diller, James Murdoch,
Maurice Lévy, Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Jacques Attali, and Silvio
Scaglia. This event is a unique, invitation-only platform spanning
interlocking realms of media, finance and advertising through local,
regional and global perspectives, with particular emphasis on
Europe and the Middle East.
Monaco Media Forum organizes a grand carnival of media personnel in Monte Carlo
each year, which is attended by hundreds of media moguls from different
countries. The event is gradually becoming one of the most important
events of the media people, where they get the chance of meeting
colleagues while exchanging views with the objective of adding more
dynamism in various media.
Blitz editor earlier received Freedom to Write Award from PENUSA in
2005, Moral Courage Award from American Jewish Committee in 2006 along
with a number of awards in