BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was given an award by BBC World Service for his outstanding contribution to the international broadcaster last night (Wednesday 12 March).
The award coincided with the first anniversary of Alan’s kidnap in Gaza. He spent 114 days in captivity and was released on Wednesday 4 July last year.
The award was presented by BBC television documentary presenter Michael Palin in Central London at a ceremony to celebrate excellence, innovation and creativity in BBC World Service.
BBC World Service Director Nigel Chapman said: “Alan Johnston has worked across the range of BBC World Service output, both as an editor and a correspondent. He is a skilled all-round journalist with a talent for words; he has never shied away from the toughest assignments. His passport has stamps in it from Tashkent, Kabul and many parts of the Middle East.
“He has extraordinary personal qualities. After his release from captivity in Gaza, he was calm and focused enough to report his own story in an unforgettable way. He later wrote a memorable and beautifully crafted essay for our programme, From Our Own Correspondent. His reporting is always of the highest class.”