Guardian and Telegraph scoop James Cameron prizes

Guardian foreign correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad has won this years James Cameron memorial award.

The Iraqi journalist was praised for his ‘courage and skill’in reporting on the current conflict in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. He was presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Cameron’s widow, Moni.

Previous winners of the prize include: Michael Buerk, John Simpson, Robert Fisk, Charles Wheeler and Ed Vulliamy.

Peta Thornycroft of the Daily Telegraph was given a special James Cameron for her reporting from Zimbabwe.

A Zimbabwean citizen, Thornycroft has worked for the Telegraph since 2001.

She said: ‘I’m deeply honoured by this award, but saddened by the fact that Robert Mugabe’s repression means fewer and fewer independent journalists are able to work in Zimbabwe – and those that do, do so at their peril,” she said last night.

Roger Graef OBE, chief executive of Films of Record, delivered the James Cameron Memorial Lecture discussing public service broadcasting in the digital age.

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