Egyptian Mohamed Abo El-Ghit, second left, and Syrian Orwa Mokdad, second right, receive the Samir Kassir Award for freedom of the press during a ceremony in Beirut, Monday, June 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The EU Special Representative for Human Rights Monday said the freedom of expression and freedom of the media were two essential prerequisites for active and engaged citizenry.The Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press is granted by the European Union, and rewards journalists who have distinguished themselves through the quality of their work and their commitment to human rights and democracy.The award ceremony was hosted by Mona Wehbi, journalist at Al-Hurra TV.The three winners of the 2014 edition, each of whom received awards worth €10 000, included print journalists Hanene Zbiss from Tunisia and Mohamed Abo El-Ghit from Egypt and Syrian journalist and filmmaker Orwa Mokdad.
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