Washington, D.C. — Al-Monitor and Julian Pecquet, its Washington, D.C., editor, were awarded the prestigious Online Journalism Award prize for Best Explanatory Reporting for the series “Middle East Lobbying: The Influence Game.” The award was presented Oct. 7 at the annual Online News Association’s dinner held in Washington, D.C. The Online Journalism Awards are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world.

“I am honored to be receiving this award on behalf of Al-Monitor for the lobbying series,” said Pecquet. “Sifting through hundreds of lobbying records is not easy, but now more than ever, it is important for lobbyists and lawmakers to be held accountable for the decisions they make on behalf and for the benefit of foreign governments.” 

The lobbying series, which is developed from scratch every year, reveals the various aspects of foreign policy, uncovering all the players in Washington and the decisions they make, from weapons contracts and foreign aid to trade deals and financial sanctions. Al-Monitor’s authoritative reporting and exclusive interviews with key diplomats complement the analysis in the lobbying series and drive the foreign policy conversation in Washington.

“Al-Monitor is committed to innovative forms of storytelling, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be receiving this award,” said Al-Monitor founder Jamal Daniel. “The Lobbying Series is an unmatched multimedia project that offers our readers an opportunity to peel back the veil of the D.C. lobbying machine and understand the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that takes place on behalf of foreign governments.”

“I am so proud of Julian and the team’s work on this project,” said Michelle Upton, Al-Monitor's managing editor. “We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish such a massive undertaking if it weren’t for Julian’s stellar leadership of the reporting and production teams as well as his deep commitment to Al-Monitor and vision for this project.”

Now in its third year, the lobbying series has become a must-read among an array of experts and professionals, including Capitol Hill and executive branch staffers.

About Al-Monitor

Al-Monitor is a global newsroom headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a network of more than 160 authors and analysts around the world. It monitors the Pulse of the Middle East via its award-winning, multilingual platform that publishes a diverse set of perspectives on the region, thus bridging the gap of information available to those in the Middle East as well as those with a desire to better understand a region that is so rapidly changing.

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