Hassan Ashwor
Recipient of Martin Adler Prize 2015

Hassan Ashwor

Freelance Journalist, Fixer, Iraq

Iraqi fixer Hassan Ashwor will be the recipient of the 2015 Martin Adler Prize, sponsored by Hexagon, a prestigious award that recognises the contribution that local freelance journalists make to international newsgathering. Based in Dohuk, northern Iraq, Hassan is a key contact for visiting journalists and human rights organisations, especially those investigating atrocities perpetrated against the Yazidi community by Islamic State (IS). His knowledge, skills and contacts have supported independent reporting from the region and informed stories, reports and films published by Al Jazeera, CBS News, the New York Times, ZDF, amongst many others.

Filmmaker Edward Watts, who worked with Hassan on the 2015 Channel 4 documentary, Escape from ISIS, says Hassan kept him safe during very difficult conditions, close to the frontline with IS. “He was tireless, courageous, indefatigable. Those qualities allowed me – a foreigner – to gain access into the incredibly sensitive operations to rescue enslaved women and children from IS operations so secret even most Iraqis did not know about them.”

Freelance journalist Carsten Stormer who has worked with Hassan on television reports for Al Jazeera America and print stories for Die Zeit, Datum and REPORTAGEN says, "He can make pretty much everything possible. He has great contacts and insights".

The Martin Adler Prize 2015 is sponsored by Hexagon.

About the Martin Adler Prize

The Martin Adler Prize honours a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering. The aim of the prize is to highlight the dedication and talent of freelancers who work under challenging and difficult circumstances within their own country, and who go largely un-recognised by the international news media. The freelancer can be involved in any area of newsgathering, for example, as a fixer, translator, driver, journalist, cameraperson, filmmaker or photographer. This is a non-competitive prize, given at the discretion of the Rory Peck Trust. It is sponsored by Hexagon.

About Martin Adler

Martin Adler, an award-winning freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker, was murdered in Somalia in 2006. Committed to covering the people, places and events that he felt nobody else cared about, Martin shed light on some of the world’s most dangerous and abusive situations. In memory of Martin and his work, the Trust inaugurated this special prize in 2007.