The Samir Kassir Award for the freedom of the press | babelmed
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  The Samir Kassir Award for the freedom of the press | babelmed On June the 2nd, 2005, Samir Kassir, an emblematic figure of the “Spring of Beirut”, a journalist, a writer and a teacher of political sciences, was assassinated in front of his residence. His assassination chronicles a flaunted will to assassinate freedom of thought and to silence a whole generation of Arab intellectuals for whom the Rule of Law represents a means of democratization and social cohesion, as well as a rampart against the various forms of hegemony and occupation. The Samir Kassir Award for freedom of the press, initiated by the Delegation of the European Commission in Lebanon, intends to perpetuate the journalist’s memory and his action of resistance: The resistance of words against weapons; the resistance of words against obscurantism; the resistance of words against cruelty. It will be granted each year on the 2nd of June in Beirut, so that each anniversary of Samir Kassir’s death also becomes the birth of a talent, of a woman or a man, who will have carried a stone to the edifice of the Rule of Law.

Two prizes, one of 15,000 euros and one of 10,000 euros, shall be granted, one to a professional journalist of the written press, radio or television, citizen of a MEDA country, and another one to a young researcher, student under 26 years of age and citizen of a MEDA country.

The competition is open to all journalists (television, radio, on-line and/or print media), regardless of age, and nationals of one of the MEDA(1) countries. And o students less than 26 years old (born at the latest on June the 2nd, 1980), nationals of a MEDA country, and registered at a public or private university of the MEDA countries or of one of the European Union member states.

The jury shall be selected jointly by the European Commission and the Samir Kassir Foundation and the award shall be granted in Beirut every year on the 2nd of June by the Commission in partnership with the Samir Kassir Foundation. Babelmed editorial team
(30/03/2006)
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