Hala Jaber

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Hala Jaber is a Lebanese-British journalist. She was born in West Africa and writes for The Sunday Times.[1] Jaber was awarded the Amnesty International Journalist of the Year Award in 2003, she won Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005 and 2006 for her coverage of the Iraq War,[2] and in 2012 for her coverage of the Libyan uprising. She co-won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for her work in Iraq in 2007.


Her first book, Hezbollah: Born With a Vengeance, was published in 1997; the book describes the rise and political agenda of Hezbollah against the background of Lebanese history from 1970 to 1997. Her second book, The Flying Carpet to Baghdad: One Woman's Fight for Two Orphans of War, was published in 2009; the book chronicles her efforts to help two girls during the Iraq War.


In May 2015, NOW News, a defunct Lebanon-based news website, published a trove of leaked emails from the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad; the leaked emails revealed that she had contacted and sought to protect George Chaoui, an EU sanctioned Christian Syrian citizen, and alleged member of the Syrian Electronic Army.[3] Additional emails have noted that she is seen as one of a handful of "favorable" journalists to the government; due to her contacts with Syrian officials, and having interviewed President Assad twice during the course of the Syrian Civil War.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hala Jaber was married to award-winning news photographer Steve Bent until his death on Christmas Day 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "Authors » Hala Jaber". tiborjones.com. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ "British Press Awards Winners 2000–2008". pressawards.org.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ Watson, Ivan. "Cyberwar explodes in Syria". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ Rowell, Alex. "Friends in the media". NOW News. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ Wells, Ray (1 January 2012). "Straight and true: a sharp shooter in the darkest places". thesundaytimes.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2015.


  • Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1997). ISBN 978-0231108348.
  • The Flying Carpet to Baghdad: One Woman's Fight for Two Orphans of War (London: Macmillan, 2009). ISBN 978-0-230-71485-4. UK edition
The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman's Fight to Save Two Orphans (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009). ISBN 978-0-670-06961-3. US edition