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Palestinian security forces detain journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh in West Bank
June 7, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Palestinian Preventive Security forces detained Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated news website Quds News Network, shortly after he arrived for questioning at the security forces' headquarters in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on June 3, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), and Shalaldeh's brother, Loay Shalaldeh.Loay Shalaldeh and Nabhan Khraisi, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate's communication officer, told CPJ that Abdul

Samir Kassir: The message and the award
June 7, 2018
Author: Adnan Hussein
Source: Al-Arabiya English
Some think that the role of the press and the media in general is declining. This belief is borne by the fact that the extent of public freedom is on the wane in Middle East countries. Even in the developed states in the East and the West, there are manifestations of curbing freedom of expression, and the US under Trump’s presidency is not the only example.Journalists in our countries are still considered adversaries. Government apparatuses, state institutions as well as political and religiou

Arab journalists take home Samir Kassir prizes
June 4, 2018
Author: Pernille Solheim
Source: The Daily Star
The 13th annual ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press took place at Beirut’s Sursock Palace Gardens Thursday to honor courageous journalists from the Middle East and North Africa. Organized by the Samir Kassir Foundation and its president Gisele Khoury Kassir in collaboration with the European Union, the award aims to encourage critical journalism at a time when freedom of expression is increasingly at risk.“This is an occasion for us to mark every year, that we have t

Speech by the Ambassador of the European Union Christina Lassen
June 1, 2018
The Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press 2018Sursock Palace Gardens, 31 May 2018Your Excellency Minister Riachi, representing the President of the Republic,  Your Excellency Minister Jarrah, representing the Prime Minister,Excellencies, Dear finalists, friends, dear Giselle,The Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press was created by the European Union to honour the name and life of Samir Kassir, as a symbol of the fight for freedom of expression. For 13 years, we have ga

The European Union rewards three journalists from Algeria, Egypt and Iraq, winners of the Samir Kassir Award 2018 edition
June 1, 2018
On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of Samir Kassir’s assassination, the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon organised on 31 May the annual ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press. The ceremony was held in collaboration with the Samir Kassir Foundation. The winners of the 2018 edition are: - Opinion piece category: Miloud Yabrir from Algeria, born in 1984, who is a physician but also a journalist specialised in cultural affairs. His piece entitled “