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Princess Rym Ali’s Journalist Award speech – full text

Princess Rym Ali is the founder of the Jordan Media Institute. She has been a producer and correspondent for different news organisations, including UPI’s United Nations bureau in New York and CNN. Princess Rym, holds a MPhil in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and is a graduate (MS) from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. In 2012, Her Excellency received the Excellence Media Award by the Global Thinkers Forum and in 2013 Her Royal Highness was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the UK’s Coventry University for her contribution in the field.

Speech of HRH Princess Rym Ali:

"I am really delighted to have been invited to be a part of this initiative that connects countries from across all the Mediterranean region. And I am truly sorry I haven’t been able to join you tonight but I can assure you that I am fully commitment to building on the outcomes of this Journalist Award."

"I am also very proud to be associated to the work of the Anna Lindh Foundation, whose mission for intercultural dialogue is today more essential and critical than ever in order to meet the common challenges that affect young people and societies across Europe and the Mediterranean region. It has been inspiring to see how the Foundation's activities have evolved during the last days in Amman, and also to witness new partnerships with the Jordan Media Institute and UNESCO, and how that can be the basis for a much needed long term programme for media."

"Young journalists today need our support more than ever in order to get beyond the headlines of a clash of civilisations and to be able to report on the complex social and cultural changes that are taking place across the Mediterranean region. This is why the Anna Lindh Foundation's Journalist Award, on the eve of its 10th anniversary, should be 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. I wish you the very best in this endeavour and the best of success in all your work.