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For the second year in a row, the Kurt Schork Memorial Awards have honoured a journalist killed in Iraq because of critical reporting. Last year's Schork Awards recognised U.S. journalist Steven Vincent, who was killed in Basra, Iraq.

Sahar al-Haideri, a mother of four and contributor to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and Iraqi media, received the 2007 award for local journalists. She was gunned down in June in the city of Mosul, after receiving death threats for a series of stories highlighting the influence of religious extremists, especially in curtailing women's rights.

In the international category, Mario Kaiser, a contributor to "Der Spiegel", won for his reporting on a young Mexican women's journey as an illegal immigrant to New York. Kaiser put himself in the hands of a smuggler in order to understand the hardships of illegal migrants.

Established after freelance reporter Kurt Schork was killed in 2001 in Sierra Leone on assignment for Reuters, the Schork Awards, partly administered by IWPR, recognise excellence and bravery in freelance reporting from areas of crisis and transition. This year's awards, and prizes of $5,000 each, will be presented to Kaiser and al-Haideri's husband on 14 November in London, UK.

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(23 Oct. 2007)

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