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Samir Kassir Foundation

 

SAMIR KASSIR AWARD FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WINNERS - 2007

 
 
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"Journalists" category


Ahmed Reda BENCHEMSI

BENCHEMSI

Born on the 19th of May 1974 and a Moroccan national.

Rewarded for his article “Le culte de la personnalité” (Personality Cult), published on the 29th of July 2006 in the Moroccan weekly magazine TelQuel.

He is, sine 2001, the founder and director of the group TelQuel (Casablanca), which brings together the weekly magazines Nichane (in Arabic) and TelQuel (in French), of which he is both the publishing and editing director. Some of the positions he has held are that of correspondent for the group Jeune Afrique in Morocco (1999-2001); editor in chief of the weekly magazine Téléplus (Casablanca, January-August 1999); communication adviser to the state secretary for the environment (Rabat, 1998) as well as journalist for numerous Moroccan publications, of which La Vie Economique, Enjeux, Le Journal, Femmes du Maroc, etc.

Ahmed R. Benchemsi holds a Masters degree in Economy from the Sorbonne University in Paris in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Political Sciences from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.

He was the winner of the Lorenzo Natali Prize 2004 for the Arabic world region (Journalism Award granted by the European Commission, which honors journalists at the service of human rights, democracy and development), for his article “Sidi Moumen, La Poudrière.”

 

"Young researchers " category

Rita CHEMALY

CHEMALY

Born on the 9th of April 1983 and a Lebanese national.

Awarded for the research of her Masters degree in Administrative and Political Sciences, entitled “La communauté nationale libanaise à l’épreuve du Printemps 2005: Entre le mythe et la réalité” (The Lebanese National community to the test of Spring 2007: Between myth and reality), presented in June 2006 to the Institute of Political Studies (ISP) of the Saint-Joseph University (USJ-Lebanon).

She is employed within CEMAM (Centre of Studies of the Modern Arabic World – Beirut) where she is in charge of the website as well as the activities and publications platform, and was also responsible for the research project on racial discrimination in Lebanon (March-July 2006). Founding member of the Observatoire Electoral (Electoral Watchdog) of the Institute of Political Studies of the USJ (2003-2004), she also writes for the quarterly “Le Politologue” (ISP). Rita Chemaly has completed a professional training within the editorial department of the TV channel LBCI’s news (2004) as well as an analysis and investigation training during the Beirut local elections, in cooperation with Information International (Spring 2004).
She was an assistant of the South Recovery Project of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid (Nov. 2006) and of the team of the humanitarian program of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (July-Sept. 2006). In 2003 and within the framework of her studies, she has composed a mini research on the subject: “The Expansion of the European Union to Central and Eastern European Countries: Impacts and Reforms”.

 

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