Winners of the 2017 ARIJ Awards

Best Investigation Award In Category (long Film Over 12 Minutes)
Weapons of Mass Surveillance

Nawal Al-Maghafi

BBC Arabic Yemeni/British Nationa

Governments in Algeria, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates used high-tech mass surveillance to monitor citizens. Western companies, including Britain’s largest weapons manufacturer, BAE, were among those selling surveillance technology to aforementioned governments. Human rights organizations question whether a British company ought to be selling such equipment, much of it classified, to repressive regimes.

Best Investigation Award In Category (short Film Between 8-12 Minutes)
Return Licensing

Mohammad Abu Deif

Egyptian National

Documented how ownership papers and chassis numbers on Libyan cars were forged and modified to turn them into seeming Egyptian vehicles. Smugglers and car merchants dealing in scrap cars were exposed colluding with mechanics and officials to finalize a system that put Egyptians behind the wheel of dangerous vehicles.

Certificate Of Appreciation
Adulterated Education

Aisha Al-Gayyar

Al Qabas
Egyptian National from Kuwait

The investigation documented eight student services centers violating their licensing terms by selling research papers to students, all of which escaped the weak oversight by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Best Written Investigations Award
Marital Rape

Aya Nabil

Egyptian National

Loopholes had to be published under alias bylines and showed traffickers exploiting a lack of electronic surveillance, including eye and fingerprint scans at Egyptian and Greek airports to smuggle out people.
In the “Marital Rape” investigation, Aya Nabil showed how Egyptian women cannot ask for divorce on the basis of marital rape, due to courts failing to acknowledge such complaints. Instead they must ask for “khulu”, a divorce that deprives them of all rights.

Best Multimedia Report Award
Inside Yemen’s Secret Prisons

Maggie Michael, Maad Al-Zikry, Ahmed Al-Haj and the Associated Press Reporters

Associated Press Reporters

The AP team documented the beating of nearly 2,000 Yemeni detainees with wires and were kept in filthy shipping containers, and blindfolded for months by an American counterterrorism ally. The search for Al-Qaeda militants has led to a network of secret prisons run by the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

After Deportation

Dana Jibril

The investigation examined the mass deportation in December 2015 of 800 Sudanese who had sought refuge in Jordan as a way to boost their chances of being transferred to Europe.

Best Long Form Video Investigation
Best Short Form Video Investigation