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The 13th annual ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press took place at Beirut's Sursock Palace Gardens Thursday to honor courageous journalists from the Middle East and North Africa.The jury, consisting of seven individuals from Arab and European media and civil society, assessed the work of 193 journalists from 12 different countries, considering the quality of work as well as the journalists' commitment to human rights and democracy.Iraq's Asaad al-Zalzalee went home with the final award of the night for the best audiovisual news report – the only category that included a Lebanese finalist, journalist and filmmaker Mohamad Chreyteh.The Samir Kassir Foundation was set up in the wake of the eponymous Lebanese journalist's assassination in 2005, and seeks to encourage and protect journalists in what it describes as "the world's most constraining region for press freedom".
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