Egyptian wins press freedom award

Egyptian journalist Dina Abdel-Mooti Darwich has become the first winner of a new EU-funded press freedom award commemorating slain Lebanese writer Samir Kassir.

    Darwich's article described police brutality during Egypt's election

    Darwich, 35, took the top prize of 15,000 euros on Friday for a January 10  article in the French-language Cairo weekly Al-Ahram Hebdo describing police brutality against journalists during Egyptian parliamentary elections last year.

    The second prize of 10,000 euros went to Lebanese journalist  Habib Battah, 33, for a June 18, 2005, article in the English-language Daily Star about corruption in Lebanese elections last year.

    Kassir, a prominent critic of Syria's three-decade-long military  intervention in its smaller neighbour, was killed in a Beirut car  bomb blast last year, one of a string of assassinations widely  blamed on Damascus and its Lebanese allies.

    "This prize is not just a reward, but is meant to back words  against arms and barbarism," the head of the EU mission in Beirut,  Patrick Renauld, said at the award ceremony which was attended by Kassir's widow, Gisele Khoury, who is herself a journalist.

    Renauld hailed "the name and the life of Samir Kassir which we want to mark in the memory of the Arab world and Europe, as a symbol of the fight for freedoms".



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