2021

Mostafa Darwish

Country/area: Ireland

Organisation: Euro News, Middle East Eye

Organisation size: Big

Cover letter:

I am award-winning visual journalist currently based in Ireland. 

I started my career in 2011 as a photojournalist covering the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution.

In 2019, I won the Thomson Foundation’s mobile journalism (‘mojo’) competition to report Egypt’s sharp fare increases to an already inadequate train system. 

Since beginning my career at the start of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, I have covered major news events in Egypt for local newspapers and international news agencies, including the EPA, the Associated Press, and AFP.

As a freelance multimedia journalist, I have worked for APTV on more than 160 stories since 2015 alongside working for Mada Masr, BBC, al-Jazeera, aj+, Great Big Story, al-Monitor, ZoominTV. 

In addition, he has led journalism workshops in Lebanon and Egypt. 

I travelled across the Middle East and Europe, covering news and documenting life in Sudan, Turkey, Malaysia, Sweden, Georgia, Latvia, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

I won the 2019 Zenith magazine grant, and I filmed a documentary about Egyptian exiles in Georgia under the Open Media Hub grant.

In February 2019, I was featured as the journalist of the month by the International Journalists’ Network (IJNET)

Most recently, I am covering the migrant issues in Ireland, publishing for Euro News, Middle East Eye and The Associated Press alongside my master studies in journalism at the University of Limerick and working on some guest lecturing for Irish local university Griffith College Dublin and International Centre for Journalists.

In July 2020, I was selected Ireland Student Journalist of the year by Ireland National student Media Awards.

Description of portfolio:

My portfolio is part of the work I did in 2020 about the asylum seekers community, which I believe is a voiceless community.

Project links:

www.euronews.com/2020/11/29/asylum-seekers-excluded-from-financial-system-by-banks-in-ireland

www.euronews.com/2020/04/03/social-distancing-a-remote-prospect-in-ireland-s-crowded-asylum-centres

www.euronews.com/2020/02/07/irish-election-the-view-from-ayslum-seekers-caught-in-ireland-s-direct-provision

www.middleeasteye.net/news/uncertainty-and-despair-struggles-asylum-seekers-ireland