On October 2, 2018, Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents required to apply for a marriage license. His Turkish fiance was waiting in the car outside. But he never came out.
Days later, the world learned that Mr. Khashoggi had been brutally murdered inside the consulate. In his editorials at the Post, he had been critical of the Saudi government, saying he had no choice but to raise his voice because, “to do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”
Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor at the Washington Post, was Mr. Khashoggi’s editor, colleague, and friend. Our 28th annual Media Awards to posthumously honor the courageous work of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and to honor Karen Attiah for bringing his stories to the world.
We will be honoring Nijla Mu’min, the award-winning writer, producer and director of Jinn, a coming-of-age story about Summer, a 17 year-old black girl whose mother converts to Islam, which prompts Summer to re-evaluate her own identity.
Nijla Mu’min was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. She was awarded the 2018 SXSW Festival Special Jury Award for Writing and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Award for Best Screenplay for Jinn, which is available for streaming on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video.
The MPAC Media Awards is an opportunity to honor voices of courage and conscience and the momentous achievements of their trailblazing work. Since 1991, we have honored people and projects who use art and media to create authentic and nuanced portrayals of Islam and Muslims, promote inclusion and social justice issues, and inspire action through their craft.