Free Media Pioneer Award Honors Courage in Journalism

An accomplished real estate investment professional, Jamal Daniel serves as chairman of the Levant Foundation, a charitable organization that advances knowledge about the history and culture of the Middle East. Additionally, Jamal Daniel founded news outlet Al-Monitor ( to provide accurate and objective coverage of Middle Eastern current events.

In recognition of its contribution to worldwide journalism, Al-Monitor received the Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute in 2014. Since 1997, the award has recognized news organizations and journalists who display an unwavering commitment to freedom of the press. Award recipients tell powerful stories to global audiences, upholding the idea that trustworthy, public interest journalism is a vital element in free societies.

In 2019, the Free Media Pioneer award went to Egyptian news site Mada Masr for its investigative coverage of government policies and current events. Published in both English and Arabic, Mada Masr has remained steadfast in its coverage despite Egypt’s highly restrictive media policies.

Levantine Films Focuses on Character-Driven Motion Pictures

Jamal Daniel has more than 30 years of experience in managing investments in the areas of technology, real estate, oil and gas, and manufacturing. In addition to his career as an investor, Jamal Daniel is the founder and CEO of Levantine Films, an independent production company that develops and produces educational and artistic theatrical films.

Levantine Films strives to identify films focused on rich, diverse characters in socially relevant situations. The company has produced such successful films as The Fundamentals of Caring, starring actors Paul Rudd, Daniel Craig, and Selena Gomez. Based on the novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, the film follows a man who, after enduring a personal tragedy, begins caring for a boy with muscular dystrophy. The two embark on a road trip that becomes a catalyst for insight and reignites hope for both characters.

Released in 2016, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently available for viewing on Netflix.

Al-Monitor Journalist Receives Award from Forum for Arms Trade


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Jamal Daniel is the chairman of Crest Investment Company, an investment firm with interests in energy, manufacturing, and technology. A strong advocate for the Levant region, Jamal Daniel founded Al-Monitor in 2012.

Al-Monitor is a Washington, D.C.-based news organization that covers the Middle East with the goal of fostering a deeper understanding of the region. Since its inception, the publication has grown to become a highly acclaimed and trusted source of news, thanks in part to its award-winning journalists. One of these is Pentagon correspondent Jack Detsch.

In April 2019, Detsch received an exemplary media award from Forum on the Arms Trade for his coverage of the Trump administration’s policy on Yemen. He was feted for unearthing news on the arms trade and ably explaining related issues such as weapons use and security assistance. While receiving the award, he called on the U.S. Congress to ask hard legal questions about the United States’ involvement in Yemen. Al-Monitor president Andrew Parasiliti congratulated the journalist for his award. The Forum for Arms Trade is a civil society network addressing the humanitarian and economic implications of the arms trade

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