4 February 2009


Journalists across the Arab world are invited to apply for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, which aims to promote media freedom and the rule of law in the region. The deadline for submissions is 30 March 2009.

Journalists will compete for two prizes of 12,500 Euros each (US$16,000) - for the best opinion article and the best investigative report - to be awarded on 2 June in Beirut.

Print and online journalists who are citizens of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates or Yemen are eligible to apply.

Interested applicants should submit an opinion article or an investigative article related to the rule of law or human rights published between 15 March 2008 and 15 March 2009 in one of the countries listed or in an EU member state. Possible topics include good governance, corruption or freedom of expression.

Samir Kassir was a Lebanese journalist who was assassinated in 2005 for criticising Syria's policy towards Lebanon. The award in his name is given each year by the European Commission Delegation in Lebanon, in association with the Samir Kassir Foundation.

For more information, including application forms, visit: http://www.prixsamirkassir.org/or email: coordination (@) prixsamirkassir.org

(4 February 2009)