The Dubai Press Club revealed the 36 contestants competing in different categories for the 13th Annual Dubai Press Club’ Arab Journalism Award on 21 June 2014 in Dubai. Six Moroccan journalists among them have been nominated for the said award.
According to the director of the Arab Journalism Awards, there is an intense competition among different categories with 9.3% higher candidatures than the past awards. The director also stated that the contributions surpassed 4,500 entries breaking the record since it was started in 1999.
The Moroccan journalists are competing in two categories: the Arab Journalism Award for Youth and the Award for Humanitarian Press.
The Moroccan nominees for the Arab Journalism Award for Youth include are Rajaa Bettaoui, a journalist at the Moroccan daily: Maghreb Al-Yaoum. Aziz El Hour, a journalist at the Moroccan daily: Al-Akhbar Al-Maghribiya. Imad Stitou, a journalist at the Moroccan online newspaper: Hespress. Mohammed Aheddad and Sami El-Moudni, journalists at the Moroccan daily: Massaa Al-Yaoum.
Meanwhile, the Moroccan nominee for the Humanitarian Press award is Ahmed Mdiyani, a journalist at the Moroccan daily: Maghreb Al-Yaoum.
The Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Ben Rashed Al-Maktoum was the founder of the Dubai Press Club. He searched to create a plan for journalists and media professionals to deliberate concerns from various point of views and on numerous levels.
In1999, the said Awards were commenced to emphasize the development of journalism in the Arab world and acknowledge journalists who make borders between countries invisible and convey information truthfully and precisely.