Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press 2012


 Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press 2012Created in 2006 by the Samir Kassir Foundation and the European Union, the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press honours Samir Kassir, the Lebanese journalist and writer assassinated in 2005. Since the beginning of the uprisings in the region, journalists and social media played a key role in supporting and publicising the popular call for freedom of expression and dignity. In this context, the Samir Kassir Award supports freedom of liberty more than ever. Since the creation of the Award, 634 journalists participated in the contest and each year, the number of candidates is increasing.

The award is open to candidates from the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Gulf and rewards two journalists who have proved to be an example to others by the quality of their work in the two following categories:

-The best opinion article;

- The best investigative reporting article.

The contest is open to all journalists of the written press, (daily, weekly, monthly and online press) citizens of the following countries:
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Applicants can submit only one article related to the human rights (good governance, fight against corruption, freedom of expression, etc.).

Deadline for submission: 30th March 2012

The jury will be composed of seven votingmembers from Arab and European media and civil society, and one observer representing the European Union. The names of the jury members shall be communicated during the prize-giving ceremony which will take place on 2 June 2012 in Beirut. The winner of each category will receive a prize of €10,000.

The complete file should be sent:
• either by electronic mail (in Word or PDF format), at the latest on March 30th, 2012, to the following address:
• or by regular mail (in hard copy and on CD-ROM) in an envelope with the following indication: 
“Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press” - and “Opinion Article category” or “Investigative Reporting category", to be received at the latest on March 30th, 2012, to the following address:
Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon
490 Harbor Drive Building
Charles Helou Avenue, Saifi, Beirut
P.O. Box 11-4008. Riad El-Solh - Lebanon


For further information:
 Tel: + 33 6 37 87 27 18

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