- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2009


UNITED NATIONS | U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday awarded a silver prize for excellence in coverage of the world body to Washington Times U.N. Bureau Chief Betsy Pisik.

Miss Pisik was recognized for her investigative pieces on the Dec. 11, 2007, bombing of U.N. offices in Algiers - an attack that killed 17 U.N. staff members and wounded dozens more, including ordinary Algerians living nearby.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an al Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the attack, which had been foreshadowed by public threats and tips to the Algerian police.

Among those killed in the carbombing was the mission’s security chief, who had repeatedly requested security reinforcement from the Algerian foreign ministry, and the head of U.N. security in New York.

The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media coverage of the United Nations and its agencies is named for the Boston Globe correspondent who died in the early months of the Iraq occupation.

The gold was jointly awarded to Louis Charbonneau of Reuters and Stephen Stecklow and Andrew Higgins from the Wall Street Journal.

Miss Pisik shared the silver prize with James Reinl, from the National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.

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