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Al-Monitor, a news and opinion website covering the Middle East, has been awarded the International Press Institute’s Free Media Pioneer Award for 2014.

“Al-Monitor’s unrivalled reporting and analysis exemplify the invaluable role that innovative and vigorously independent media can play in times of change and upheaval,” IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said in a press release announcing the award.

U.S.-based al-Monitor was founded in 2012 by Jamal Daniel, a Syrian-Lebanese-American business man. Its editorial board includes academics, notable journalists and leading business people and it partners with 17 news organizations in Israel, Iran, Turkey, the Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries.

"We are honored to receive the IPI Free Media Pioneer Award, which is testimony to Al-Monitor’s ethos and mission, to uncover trends that are shaping the Middle East, from the best writers and analysts in the region,” said Daniel in a press release.

"In addition to this year’s IPI Free Media Pioneer Award, Al-Monitor columnist Farea al-Muslimi was recognized as an FP Leading Global Thinker in 2013; Turkey Pulse Columnist Kadri Gursel received last year’s Journalists’ Association of Turkey (TGC) Press Freedom Award; and Al-Monitor received a 2012 Telly Award for its Launch Video.

Founded in 1950, the International Press Institute, is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists committed to the advancement of press freedom and the best practices of journalism. The Free Media Pioneer Award was established by IPI in 1996 to honor media and organizations that have fought to ensure freer and more independent media in their country or internationally.