Newsletter No 29 23 May 2006
Website Launched for Gebran Tueni Award

The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has launched a website for the Gebran Tueni Award. The award aims to honor the memory of the slain journalist by supporting courageous and independent publishers, editors and newspapers in the Arab countries.

You can visit the website (in Arabic and English) at

The award will consist in a 10,000 euros stipend that will enable the winner to undertake advanced newspaper leadership training through the An-Nahar –Tueni’s newspaper— training center in Beirut. WAN will also provide the award recipient with additional forms of support. The prize will be given at a “Press Under Siege” conference to be held in Beirut on 11 and 12 September 2006 (dates to be confirmed) to draw attention to the threats against a free press in Lebanon and other Arab countries.

Gebran Tueni, a brave fighter for Lebanese democracy and press freedom, was killed in a massive car bomb attack on 12 December 2005. He had been a leading member of WAN’s Press Freedom Committee and a Board member for more than a decade.

Last year was a dark year for journalists in Lebanon. In June, Samir Kassir, columnist in Tueni’s newspaper was killed by a car bomb. May Chidiac, journalist of the TV station LBC, was seriously wounded and mutilated by a bomb placed under the seat of her car.

Enquires about the award should be addressed to WAN CEO Timothy Balding at