Maitham Al-Shibani, 2014 winner
Alhurra’s correspondent in the cities of Diwaniyeh and Babel in Iraq, Maitham Al-Shibani, has been a persistent and courageous reporter over the past seven years.
Al-Shibani provided comprehensive reports on the security situation in Buhairat and Jaref Al Sakher—the well-known “Triangle of Death” areas where Al-Qaeda is present. Al-Shibani has been embedded with Iraqi security forces when they go on raids. He also tackled poverty and government mismanagement, topics left uncovered by many local and pan-Arab media outlets. Al-Shibani’s unique contributions earned him recognition as the 2013 best television correspondent in Iraq from the Ayoon Association for Culture and Press.