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EU launches 2010 edition of Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press

27 janvier 2010

Journalists from across the Southern Mediterranean and the Gulf are being invited to take part in the fifth edition of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, organised since 2006 by the EU Delegation in Lebanon in collaboration with the Samir Kassir Foundation.   The award honours the Lebanese journalist and writer Samir Kassir who was assassinated in 2005. A press release said it had grown in popularity since its creation, each year witnessing the participation of more and more candidates.   The award rewards two journalists who have proved to be an example to others by the quality of their work in the two following categories:

  • best opinion article
  • best investigative reporting article

The winner of each category will receive a prize of €12,500.   The contest is open to all journalists of the written press (daily, weekly, monthly and online press), who are citizens of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Applicants must submit only one article related to the rule of law or human rights (good governance, fight against corruption, freedom of expression, etc.). The deadline for submissions is 30 March 2010.   The prize-giving ceremony will take place on 2 June 2010 in Beirut.

Last year, the awards went to two women journalists, one from Egypt and the other from Lebanon. Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian journalist, won the prize in the ‘Best Opinion Article’ category for her article: “The Arab World’s Dirty Secret – Racism,” published in the Al Arab daily newspaper in Qatar and in Al Masry Al Youm daily newspaper in Egypt.   Carole Kerbage, a Lebanese journalist won the prize in the ‘Best Investigative Report’ category for her article: “Lebanese and Foreign Women Lease Their Bodies… to Entertain Men,” published in Nahar Ash Shabab, the weekly youth supplement of the Lebanese daily newspaper An Nahar.

(ENPI Info Centre)  

Press release Samir Kassir Award – website

EU Delegation – Lebanon

ENPI Info Centre – Egyptian and Lebanese journalists win Samir Kassir Award

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