New Delhi: In tribute to courageous journalists reporting from the Israel-Hamas conflict zone in Gaza, the Kerala Media Academy (KMA) has honoured Wael Al-Dahdouh, the Gaza bureau chief of Al Jazeera news channel, with the ‘Mediaperson of the Year’ award.
Tragically, Al-Dahdouh’s wife, two children, and a grandchild lost their lives in the bombing of Gaza by Israel, and he also lost his cameraman to an Israeli missile attack. Al-Dahdouh, who sustained injuries, is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Qatar.
According to the Hindu, the award, which includes Rs 1 lakh, a citation, and a sculpture, will be presented by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, according to a statement from the KMA.
Al-Dahdouh has termed the award an invaluable honour, the release quoting KMA chairman R.S. Babu as saying.
The selection of Al-Dahdouh was based on recommendations from an association of investigative journalists and a committee of editors of media magazines, as mentioned in the release.
It’s worth noting that over 27,000 Palestinians lost their lives in the Israeli defense force’s retaliatory attack following Hamas militants’ assault on Israel on October 7, 2023, with a majority of the victims being women and children.