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Kurt Schork Awards winner misses ceremony due to late visa

The 2009 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism were presented on Thursday at a ceremony at Thomson Reuters' London office but one winner did not receive a UK visa in time to attend.

Karachi-based reporter Maqbool Ahmed was unable to receive the $5,000 prize for a local journalist in the developing world or a country in transition in person. It was in recognition of his article titled Inside Swat, published in The Herald, a Pakistani magazine, in November 2008.

The $5,000 prize for a freelance journalist covering foreign news was awarded jointly to Manon Quérouil of France for Columbia - Occupation: Contract Killer published in Marie Claire in April 2009 and Nir Rosen of the United States for How We Lost the War We Won published in Rolling Stone in October 2008.

The awards, administered by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, recognise fearless freelance news reporting and journalists who report from their own countries at great personal risk and sacrifice. They were presented by Kurt Schork's partner, Sabina Cosic of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund.

Schork, an American freelance journalist, was killed in a military ambush in Sierra Leone on 24 May 2000 while on assignment for Reuters.


PHOTO: Manon Quérouil (left) and Nir Rosen


Kurt Schork Memorial Fund

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