Medyan Dairieh

Medyan Dairieh is a British-Palestinian journalist, photographer and film documentaries producer. He was born in Palestine, but left the country at a young age. Medyan has studied journalism and photography. He is a member of the International Union of Journalist, the National Union of Journalists, Reporters without Borders and the Frontline Club.

Medyan is a war correspondent and film documentaries producer. He is well known for his work in dangerous military conflict areas all over the world, from where he has produced reports, images and documentaries, from the heart of battles. He often gained unique access and complex war-torn areas in Africa and the Middle East, while reporting and filming dangerous rebel movements and jihadist organisations from the mountains of Afghanistan, to Sierra Leone in West Africa.

He has covered many wars all over the world, such as in Iraq, Palestine, Turkey, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and further African countries. While covering the conflicts, he has lived and followed rebel groups in combat over long periods. He was with them on the frontline and during many battles and was one of the first journalists to enter Libya to cover the war where he was then injured. He entered Tripoli with the rebels and was injured in the last stronghold of Abu Saleem. He was one of the first journalists to enter Tripoli after the seizure of the town by the rebels.

During the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Medyan was injured in Aleppo, while covering the conflict. He was also injured seriously while covering the recent occupation of Iraq, as well as in the West Bank while covering the situation there.

He has won several prizes around the world for his journalistic work. More recently he was won the 2014 Frontline Club Award for ‘integrity, courage, and independent spirit’. Medyan was the first journalist worldwide to spend considerable time embedded with the Islamic State (IS), thus gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria.

He was the first journalist to interview a senior leader of the Al-Nusra Front at the beginning of its inception and the first journalist to make a documentary about them. He has won the 2015 Peabody Award for the documentary about the Islamic State for Vice News.

Medyan has worked with many international news agencies, TV channels and newspapers. From 2005 he was an Aljazeera Net reporter and has also worked for Vice News. Medyan has made different documentaries on human rights, weapons production, wars; he is specialised in military issues and has written several articles on the matter.