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SEEMO 2013 Human Rights Award goes to Bülent Mumay of Turkey

Hürriyet.com.tr website journalist honoured for his editorial approach

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Vienna, 29 November 2013-The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has named Bülent Mumay, editor-in-chief of Hurriyet.com.tr, as the winner of the 2013 SEEMO Human Rights Award.

Mumay was recognised for his human rights-oriented editorial approach and his dedication to the rights of Turkish citizens. Hurriyet.com.tr is widely believed to represent the views of many different groups in Turkish society and, through its news reporting, contributes to the promotion of fundamental rights in Turkey.

Hurriyet.com.tr’s reports became increasingly important throughout 2013, in the face of mounting pressure from the authorities and a challenging time for the country. A team of some 30 journalists work for the news portal.

Born in 1977, Mumay is a graduate of Istanbul University. He did his master’s thesis on “Internet Journalism and the Changing Role of News” and is working on a doctorate at the university’s journalism school.

Besides being chief editor of Hurriyet.com.tr, Mumay has also worked as a copy editor and international editions editor of the Hürriyet daily newspaper; an editor of ntvmsnbc.com; and a deputy chief editor of the Radikal newspaper.

The SEEMO award will be presented by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary-general, on 4 December 2013 in Istanbul. The SEEMO Human Rights Award was established in 2002 in connection with International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Previous award winners are:

2012: Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal and his missing colleague, Jordanian reporter Bashar Fahmi Kaddumi.

2011: Veton Suroi, founder of Koha Ditore, a Kosovo daily. 2010: Christo Komarnitski, cartoonist, Bulgaria.

2009: Pavol Demes, director of the Bratislava office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

2008: Spomenka Hribar, journalist, writer and human rights advocate, Slovenia.

2007: Seki Radoncic, writer and human rights activist specialising in war crimes, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2006: Abdulhalim Dede, journalist, member of the Turkish-Muslim minority in Western Thrace, Greece.

2004: Fatos Lubonja, author, Albania.

2003: Nebojsa Popov, founder and editor of the Belgrade-based magazine Republika, Serbia.

2002: Christine von Kohl, founder of the Vienna-based magazine Südosteuropäischer Dialog, Austria.

Human Rights Award 2012

Turkish Cameraman, Jordanian Reporter Win 2012 SEEMO Human Rights Award

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The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has named Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal and his missing colleague, Jordanian reporter of Palestinian origin Bashar Fahmi Kaddumi, the winners of the 2012 SEEMO Human Rights Award.

The award is scheduled to be presented during a ceremony on 6 December 2012 at the Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ünal has worked as a cameraman for different news organizations in Turkey, including TRT Turk and CNN Turk. In May, the Turkish Association of News Cameramen awarded him the Baran Information Technology Special Award as part of the ZOOM 2011 Best News Pictures of the Year International Competition for Ünal's coverage of the conflict in Libya in 2011.

Ünal was covering the Syrian civil war for the U.S.-funded Arabic-language satellite station Al Hurra in August 2012 when he travelled to Aleppo, where he was kidnapped, beaten and delivered to the Syrian Army on 21 August. He was released on 18 November after 89 days in captivity.

Fahmi Kaddumi, also with Al Hurra, travelled to Aleppo with Ünal and disappeared on 21 August. According to Ünal, Fahmi Kaddumi was shot as a pro-regime militia attacked the pair and other journalists with whom they were travelling. Ünal said he has not seen his colleague since that day and Fahmi Kaddumi’s whereabouts remain unknown. The Syrian government denies that it is holding him captive.
The SEEMO Human Rights Award was established in 2002 in connection with the International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Previous award winners are:

2011: Veton Suroi, founder of Koha Ditore daily, Pristina. 2010: Christo Komarnitski, cartoonist, Bulgaria. 2009: Pavol Demes, Director, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Bratislava office, Slovakia. 2008: Spomenka Hribar, journalist, writer and human rights advocate, Slovenia. 2007: Seki Radoncic, writer and human rights activist specialising in war crimes, Montenegro. 2006: Abdulhalim Dede, journalist, member of the Turkish-Muslim minority in Western Thrace, Greece. 2004: Fatos Lubonja, author, Albania. 2003: Nebojsa Popov, founder and editor of the Belgrade-based magazine Republika, Serbia. 2002: Christine von Kohl, founder of the Vienna-based magazine Südosteuropäischer Dialog, Austria.

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