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Last night the Tel Aviv Municipality held the awards ceremony for the 2009 Sokolow Prize for Journalism. Both awards for print journalism went to writers for Haaretz, Zvi Bar'el and Yossi Melman.

Bar'el was awarded the prize for his lifetime contribution to the field. Melman received the prize for his investigations in the area of security and military affairs.

David Witztum of Channel One television was awarded a prize for lifetime achievement in electronic media. Investigative journalist Omri Asenheim, of the Channel 2 television investigative program "Uvda", (Fact), won for his report on the secret anthrax vaccine experiments conducted by the Israel Defense Forces on soldiers.

Each laureate was awarded a cash prize of NIS 18,000.

The panel of judges wrote that their decision to award Bar'el the prize stemmed from "his professionalism and reliability in covering the Arab world... and for his opinionated writing that relied on deep knowledge of the surrounding region."

Melman was awarded the prize for what the judges described as "detailed and courageous writing of investigations in the areas of security, intelligence and the nuclear issue."

The judges for the prizes for print journalism were Dr. Ouzi Elyada, Dr. Ibrahim Geries, Oded Granot, Dr. Zvi Triger and Ben Shani.

The judges for the prizes in electronic media were Prof. Dan Caspi, Basha'er Fahoum-Jayousi, Prof. Avner Holtzman, Mazal Mualem of Haaretz, and Gilad Adin.