Michele Giorgio, the Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent for il manifesto has won the 2018 Golden Doves for Peace award, a prize given out annually by IRIAD (Istituto di Ricerche Internazionali Archivio Disarmo – “the Disarmament Archive International Research Institute”) since 1986. This year’s prize, designed by Pericle Fazzini, was awarded jointly to our Giorgio, freelance journalist Sara Manisera, documentary filmmaker Peter Suber and photographer Steve McCurry.
For the past 33 years, Archivio Disarmo has been giving out this award to media personalities who bring awareness to conflicts, non-violence and the role of civil society, and to journalists who have contributed through their work to the cause of peace and disarmament.
It is not the first time that someone from il manifesto has won the Golden Dove. In 2005, Giuliana Sgrena won for her efforts dedicated to covering Middle Eastern affairs, and in 1992 the award went to Stefano Chiarini, our historian and journalist colleague who has been writing about the Palestinian issue for many years.
This year, the jury, made up of Fabrizio Battistelli, Dora Iacobelli, Riccardo Iacona, Dacia Maraini, Andrea Riccardi and Tana de Zulueta, again decided to recognize the similarly impressive commitment to covering the “tragic reality of the Middle East” which permeates Giorgio’s daily work. In the words of the jury, he “has been a correspondent in Jerusalem covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over 20 years. This award is in recognition of his ability to relay information in an independent and critical manner, respectful towards all the actors involved in the conflict.”
Click here to read Giorgio’s work in il manifesto global.
The jury awarded a special mention to the Presidio Caritas project in Ragusa, which has been offering assistance to agricultural workers in the Sicilian province since 2014. The Disarmament Archive organizes the Golden Doves for Peace award with the support of the cooperatives which are part of Legacoop. The award ceremony will be held in Bologna, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.