SRINAGAR: An independent multimedia journalist Ahmer Khan, a resident of Kashmir made a mark for himself as he received a prestigious award from the Rory Peck Trust, Martin Adler Prize in London for his work on migration, religion, human rights and humanitarian, political and social crises in the South Asia.
Interestingly, Ahmer has been previously nominated for the prestigious Emmy Awards as well.
According to several media reports Ahmer’s work was highly praised and appreciated by the jury of the award. The jury said, “Ahmer Khan’s journalism sheds light on some of the toughest and most heated issues in India, while his writing shows impact and sensitivity. He tackled one of the most difficult stories in one of the most difficult places. It is fearless reporting at its best,” as quoted by various media reports.
Director of TV and Film Projects at Secret Compass, Sarry Fitton as per various media reports stated, “We relished Ahmer Khan’s brief show of attention. He has demonstrated a wide spectrum of skill in telling stories with warmth and compassion. He has written narratives about people who were voiceless.”
Meanwhile, expressing his joy and excitement, Ahmer who won the award for his video, The Hunt for India’s Stolen Children in which he investigated about human trafficking in East India, took to his social media platforms to share his gratitude.
He on his X account wrote, “Super stoked to have been awarded ‘Martin Adler Prize’ for 2023 at BAFTA by @rorypecktrust last night in London. I would like to dedicate this win to the brave journalists working in #Gaza who, in the line of duty, sacrificed their lives for journalism. @guardian”
In a report by The Guardian regarding the awards, Ahmer Stated, “I’d like to thank the Guardian, my editors and colleagues who have worked with me over the years. Without their support and guidance this win wouldn’t be possible. My deepest gratitude to the Rory Peck Trust and judges for honouring me with this award. I would like to dedicate this win to the brave journalists working in Gaza and who in the line of duty sacrificed their lives. Their unwavering commitment to journalism and reporting while trying to save themselves and their families is unmatched. This award is a tribute to them.”
Regarding his achievement Katie Lamborn, the head of video section of The Guardian News and Media, as quoted by Guardian stated, “It is a real privilege to collaborate with a filmmaker and journalist as talented as Ahmer. He has an extraordinary eye for visual storytelling, combined with a fierce commitment to telling untold stories with compassion, insight and creativity.”
Ahmer is a two times Emmy nominated independent multimedia journalist and has worked for various international media organisations.
The Rory Peck Awards since its founding in 1995, the Awards have honoured the most exceptional work produced annually and highlighted the vital role freelance journalists play in the global media landscape.