03/06/2013

Lebanese journalist Luna Safwan wins Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award 2013

Daily Life of Syrian Refugees in Arsal wins Best Audiovisual Report

Lebanese journalist Luna Safwan wins Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award 2013

Lebanese journalist Luna Safwan has won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in the Audiovisual Report category for her report Daily Life of Syrian Refugees in Arsal aired on 24 January 2013 on Orient TV.

The report shows the extremely difficult conditions of families that came to Lebanon fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Luna Safwan if one of three journalists from the South Mediterranean region to have been awarded €10.000 each as part of the award, presented to them yesterday by the head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon.

The two other awards went to Palestinian-Syrian journalist Doha Hassan for her opinion article Militarised Youth on the autocracy in the education system in Syria, and to Egyptian journalist Ahmed Abu Draa for his written investigative report African Smuggling Gangs Turn Sinai into Torture Land.

The Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press is awarded by the European Union to journalists who have distinguished themselves through the quality of their work and their commitment to democracy and the rule of law.

Organised every year since 2006, the award honours the memory of the Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir who was assassinated on June 2, 2005 in Beirut. The competition is open to countries in North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf.

"The entries received demonstrate that journalists have the courage and determination to unveil human rights violations,” said Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst.

She also underlined that 70% of the finalists were women while 60% were under 30 years old this year for a "unique award that breaks down ideological barriers bringing together journalists from the Middle East and the Gulf."

As in previous years, an independent jury selected the winners. It was composed of seven personalities: Shirine Abdallah, founding member of the Samir Kassir Foundation, Ghazanfar Ali Khan, senior journalist at Arab News, the largest English daily of the Gulf, Geraldine Coughlan, a journalist specialised in international justice, Philippe Dessaint, director of International Events at TV5 Monde, Sami Moubayed, visiting scholar with the Carnegie Endowment Centre, Diana Moukalled, web editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television, and Samia Nakhoul, Middle East news editor for Thomson Reuters.

Source: ENPI Info Centre

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