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So much journalism!

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Full of  journalism today: My story on Sawt Ashabab, the youth media outlet ran today in the paper. Page 3, Lebanon section in the upper right.

University students launch independent media outlet

Sawt Ashababs logo

Sawt Ashabab's logo

BEIRUT: Around 100 students from eight universities in Lebanon are coming together to create an independent youth media outlet just seven days before the parliamentary elections….[the rest]

Unfortunately the copy desk put in 1 error. The paper will be published once, on Thursday. Not once per week, on Thursday. Oh well.

More news on the journalism front I covered the Samir Kassir award for free speech today at the Phonecia Intercontinental Hotel. The Phonecia is the 6 star hotel in Beirut, it has  marble stair cases, royal sitting areas and amazing service.

Samir Kassirs funeral

Samir Kassir's funeral

Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian journalism won for best Opinion article and Carole Kerbage, a Lebanese journalist won for best investigative report.

The award was in honor of Samir Kassir who was assassinated in 2005. Kassir was a liberal intellectual and journalist and strong proponent of Lebanese democracy, without Western interference . His killing was one of many assassinations of opponents of the Syrian occupation in Lebanon. You can read more about Kassir on his foundations website. And I’ll post my story tomorrow, when it will be in the newspaper.

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Written by stephenddockery

June 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm