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The true value of journalism and its awards

Dubai has succeeded in being a media hub, despite our doubts that it couldn’t fulfil its promises due to the challenging issues of journalism

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

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There is a place for everyone in Dubai, this is the secret behind the city’s success. Like millions of people, I moved to live and work in this city more than a decade ago and have found it a welcoming and tolerant place. Innovators, adventurers, beginners, people searching for a space to express themselves, young people, seniors, men, women, they all perceive Dubai as a city of success that makes expats feel at home.

Dubai has succeeded in being a media hub, despite our doubts that it couldn’t fulfil its promises due to the challenging issues of journalism.

Every year, the Arab Media Forum is held Dubai and features a journalism award. This year, I have been honored by the forum with the “Media Personality of the Year Award" which was handed to me by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister And Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al-Maktoum.

Dubai has succeeded in being a media hub, despite our doubts that it couldn’t fulfil its promises due to the challenging issues of journalism

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

I must admit that this award is the result of collective work in television, written and digital journalism. It must be accredited to all whom I have worked with. These lines are not enough for me to pay tribute to them all. Some of them have lost their lives doing their job. Back then, our profession was not an ordinary job framed by ethical competition. I shall dedicate this award to all those who have lost their lives to journalism or suffered because of it, like my friend Jawad Kazem who survived an attempted attack on him.

Some journalists have been kidnapped and imprisoned like Baker Atyani and Wael Issam, while others have risked their lives beyond borders chasing the unknown. Many colleagues are behind all this success and deserve to be honoured with this award. Journalism is a tough job and we go through years of struggle and hard work without being recognized.

I feel privileged and grateful for Sheikh Mohammad‘s appreciation and for this media award, not because it my first in 41 years of journalism but because I consider it a gesture towards people like me who believe in modernization and insist in using media tools to create a positive change in our region that deserves better.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on May 14, 2016.

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Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed

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