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Qatar Airways Honours Journalist Of The Year

London, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways once again supported the UK-based Foreign Press Association’s prestigious annual awards function in which the airline sponsored the main award of the night – Journalist of the Year.


The lavish gathering of leading UK and international journalists took place at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in central London. Guest speaker Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, addressed the audience in his accustomed hilarious way before the awards were announced.  


Qatar Airways, which sponsored the event for the third year running, hosted select media during the night, which attracted more than 400 guests, including Ambassadors, politicians and business leaders to celebrate excellence in television, print, broadcast and web-based journalism.


The awards night, now in its 11th year, was compered by British television and radio personality Sandi Toksvig.


Journalists in 13 categories were honoured at the function, where Mayor Boris Johnson, a former journalist, spoke about issues ranging from new UK immigration rules, local politics and his pride at being in charge of London.


Qatar Airways Vice-President Europe Paul Johannes presented the night’s main award – Journalist of the Year – to two deserving winners, Antony Thomas and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, for their moving television feature documentary For Neda, made for HBO by Mentorn Productions. The documentary investigates the truth about a young Iranian woman, Neda, shot by a sniper, who became the symbol of mass protest against elections in Iran. 


Earlier in the evening, the two film makers won the award for TV Feature Documentary of the Year.


Johannes also congratulated the duo presenting them with a pair of round-trip Business Class tickets between the UK and Doha, Qatar Airways’ hub in the State of Qatar.


Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, currently operates a modern fleet of 93 aircraft from Doha to 95 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.


In the UK, the carrier operates six flights a day non-stop to and from Doha – four daily to London Heathrow; daily to London Gatwick; and daily to Manchester.


Qatar Airways has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com


Foreign Press Association


Founded in 1888, the FPA is one of the oldest press associations led by a committee of professional journalists. The London-based association holds regular briefings with politicians, the business community and international organisations. The association is made up of over 1,000 members from more than 70 countries worldwide.



Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
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