Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press

The European Union launches the 12th edition of the “Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press“. The Award honours the Lebanese journalist and writer Samir Kassir, assassinated in 2005.

“This award comes in an era of walls that are being erected everywhere around the world and not only in our region, and in an era when racism and political affiliations are infiltrating some of the press. We want professional journalism”, said Mrs Gisèle Khoury-Kassir, President of the Samir Kassir Foundation.

The contest is open to candidates from North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf. The deadline for sending in contributions is the 10th of April 2017. Three awards will be granted for the best: opinion article, investigative article and audiovisual news report.

The contributions must be centred on one or more of the following topics: rule of law, human rights, good governance, fight against corruption, freedom of expression, democratic development and citizen participation. The winner of each of the three categories will receive a prize of 10,000 euro.

The prize-awarding ceremony will take place on the 2nd of June 2017 in Beirut, exactly twelve years after Samir Kassir’s assassination.

Info: click here for more information on contest regulations and application forms.

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