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Tueni Remembered with Prize on Second Assassination Anniversary
The World Association of Newspapers on Sunday awarded a prize, named after the assassination of newspaper magnet, anti-Syrian MP Gebran Tueni, to a Lebanese journalist for writings focused on the freedom of expression.
The Gebran Tueni award went to Michel Hajji Georgiou, senior political analyst at the French-language daily L'Orient-Le Jour, at a ceremony ahead of the second anniversary of Tueni's assassination.
Tueni was killed on December 12, 2005 in a massive car bomb attack blamed on Syria. Damascus denied any involvement. "
In his articles and editorials, Mr. Hajji Georgiou has demonstrated a firm commitment to human rights, public and individual freedoms and human dignity," World Association of Newspapers vice president Thomas Brunegard said.
Brunegard also praised L'Orient-Le Jour, calling it "a major contributor to the intellectual and political debate in Lebanon, bringing balanced and insightful perspectives as well as taking bold editorial stands."
The newspaper is close to the majority which has seen several of its members killed since the murder in February 2005 of popular billionaire and former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The first Gebran Tueni Award went last year to Nadia Saqqal, a woman journalist from Yemen.(AFP-Naharnet)
Beirut, 09 Dec 07