Haaretz journalist Yossi Melman received an award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors association (IRE), for his report on a Palestinian-Jordanian who was held illegally by American, Israeli and Jordanian security services.
The American association awarded Melman as a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, whose members come from countries including the United States, Italy, Britain, Thailand, Colombia and Belgium. Association members received the prize for the investigation, "Collateral Damage: Human Rights and U.S. Military Aid after September 11."
The investigation revealed worldwide arrests and interrogations of international terrorism suspects by the United States security services.
Melman's contribution to the investigation was a report on Marwan Jabour, a Jordanian-born Palestinian who trained at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan. In the wake of the American invasion, he was arrested in Pakistan by local security services and was severely tortured during his interrogation.
In his reports, which first appeared in Haaretz in November 2006, Melman revealed Jabour's transfer from Pakistan to the American detention camp in Guantanamo Bay and what happened to him subsequently: After several years at Guantanamo, he was handed over to the Jordanian security services, which later transferred him to the Shin Bet. Jabour eventually was released and went to live in the Gaza Strip with his family.
"My report revealed Israel's involvement in the post-September 11 illegal arrests and the transfer of terror suspects between countries for the first, and to the best of my knowledge, the only, time," said Melman. "We are living in difficult times of changing, fluid media, yet investigative reporting has been and remains the lifeblood of a democratic society."
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