Bashar Fahmi, 2013 winner
Bashar Fahmi is an Alhurra Television correspondent based in Turkey. Fahmi received the Burke Award for his professional and fearless reporting that shed light on a humanitarian situation that is largely unseen due to the strict Syrian government restrictions on the media.
Bashar risked his life to cross the Syrian/Turkish border to give viewers a first-hand account of the clashes between the Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to Bashar Al-Assad. He is a dedicated and passionate journalist who is committed to telling the story of the Syrian people.
On August 20, 2012, while traveling with a group of international journalists into Aleppo, Fahmi and cameraman Cüneyt Ünal were caught in a firefight. Japan Press’ Mika Yamamoto, who was traveling with them, died in the crossfire. Ünal was captured and released 90 days later. No one has heard from Bashar since; nor has any group claimed responsibility.