Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme Begins at United Nations Headquarters in New York

Note No. 6395
3 September 2013

Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme Begins at United Nations Headquarters in New York

3 September 2013
Press Release
Note No. 6395
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents

Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme Begins

at United Nations Headquarters in New York


For the thirty-third consecutive year, the United Nations Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, beginning on Tuesday, 3 September.

Organized by the Department of Public Information, the five-week Programme brings together 11 young journalists representing media organizations from a wide range of countries.  This year’s participants hail from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Dominica, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Poland and Sierra Leone.  Since the Programme’s first edition in 1981, 510 journalists and broadcasters from 165 countries have taken part.

The Programme was established in 1980, when the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to develop fellowships that would enable journalists and broadcasters from developing countries and those with economies in transition to acquaint themselves with the work of the United Nations.  Formerly known as the Department of Public Information Training Programme for Broadcasters and Journalists from Developing Countries, it was renamed in honour of Reham Al-Farra, a young journalist and Department staff member killed in the 2003 attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

Included in the schedule of activities are briefings by senior officials of the United Nations Secretariat, specialized agencies, programmes and funds on major issues under consideration during the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.  The participants will also get an opportunity to observe the United Nations “in action” by attending meetings of the General Assembly and engaging in hands-on activities with the Organization’s media professionals in their respective fields of expertise.

The participants will visit several major media organizations and relevant non-governmental organizations in New York City to observe their operations, in addition to participating in a two-day academic workshop at Fordham University.

They will spend the last week of the Programme visiting the United Nations Office at Geneva, where they will focus on human rights and humanitarian assistance issues.

Below are the participants in the 2013 Programme:



Media Specialization

Haris Ahmad Nasir Ahmad



Khanim Javadova



Hassan Mohamed Issa



Jarna Magdalene Hector



Gennil G. Reuben



Cande Amatijane



Mayadah D. Al Jubouri



Martha Alejandra Solano Martinez



Mayra I. Rivarola Soerensen



Anna Zofia Szumanska



Mohamed Asmieu Bah

Sierra Leone


For further information, please contact Zvi Muskal at e-mail:, or tel: +1 917 367 5142; or visit

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