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Announcing the Anna Lindh Journalist Awards Winners

Amman, 18 February 2016 – The Anna Lindh Foundation has announced the winners of the 9th edition of the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award, the leading regional media prize for reporting across cultures and on issues of cultural diversity and social change.

The winners of the Award are Maimouna Saleck (Mauritania), for “Etudiants étrangers des mahadras en Mauritanie: entre candidats au jihad ou clandestins”, published on the magazine web Dune Voices de Media Diversity Institute; India Stoughton (UK) for "Theatre: A cure for Lebanon's sectarian tensions?" published on Al Jazeera online; and Christian Catomeris (France) for "Back to Lampedusa", a video documentary broadcast on SVT1.

Hosted in Amman under the patronage of HRH Princess Rym Ali, the Awards ceremony brought together media and civil society representatives from across the Mediterranean region. The winners were recognised for courageous reporting from the two shores of the Mediterranean, across Europe and the Arab region, in addressing issues related to cultural diversity and cross-cultural dialogue.

Speaking ahead of the Award ceremony, H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali said: "I am really proud to be associated to the work of the Anna Lindh Foundation, whose mission for intercultural dialogue is more essential and critical today to meet the common challenges affecting young people and societies across Europe and the Mediterranean region." Princess Rym Ali spoke about the value of supporting young journalists today “to get beyond the headlines of a clash of civilisations and to report on the complex social and cultural changes taking place across the Mediterranean region”. She defined the Anna Lindh Foundation's Journalist Award as “a central initiative in recognising and supporting the courage of those journalists who are working to present an alternative narrative to the Mediterranean region today”.

Ambassador Hatem Atallah, Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, said: “This award is a way of supporting the next generation of reporters. It is an honour and a privilege to be with you this evening.” Addressing an audience that included young emerging leaders from across the region, Ambassador Atallah highlighted the importance of the Journalist Award for the Anna Lindh Foundation “because we put media, communication & visibility as highest priority”. Speaking to the nominees, Atallah said: “The future is yours and we are all looking forward to you taking forward this great profession of Journalism.”

The Mediterranean Journalist Award aims to reward exceptional journalistic productions and contribute to a better understanding of the diversity of cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It promotes the positive role played by journalists in providing balanced and informed coverage of cultural issues in the region.

The international jury, chaired by H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali, founder of the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), was comprised of leading media professionals, including: Naglaa El-Emary, Media Expert and Professor at the British University in Egypt; Robert Parsons, Editorial Director of English Content at France 24; Pier Luigi Malesani, Secretary General pf COPEAM; Gisel Khoury, President of Samir Kassir Foundation; and Michael Thoss, Managing Director of the Allianz Foundation. Ambassador Hatem Atallah, Executive Director of the ALF, acted as the Secretary of the Jury.

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