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January 12 2009

Arab Journalism Awards invites submissions in 12 categories

The General Secretariat of the Arab Journalism Awards announced it is accepting entries in 12 categories for the eighth edition of the annual event.

The deadline for submission to the Awards has been set to 15 January, 2009.

The region's most coveted recognition for journalistic excellence will give away cash prizes totaling Dhs863,000 ($235,000) for best works in politics, business, investigative journalism, IT, columnist, culture, sports, environment, photo-journalism, caricature, interview and children's journalism.

Maryam Bin Fahad, Executive Director, Arab Journalism Awards, said the recognition aims to acknowledge journalists who take the responsibility of portraying an accurate image of the Arab world in the region and beyond.

She added through the past seven editions, the Arab Journalism Awards have consistently endeavoured to contribute to the progress of journalism in the Arab world, while motivating media persons in the region to excel by honouring the most outstanding achievers among them.

The 8th Arab Journalism Awards will be held on 15 April, 2009 as a fitting finale to the two day annual Arab Media Forum that serves as a key platform for constructive dialogue among Arab and international media experts.

In 2007, the Awards attracted 2,609 participations from 18 Arab countries. Egypt proved to be the most prolific participant, followed by the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the press

The contest is open to all print journalists (daily, weekly, monthly and online press), regardless of age, who are citizens of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Applicants must submit an opinion article or an investigative article related to the Rule of Law or human rights (good governance, fight against corruption, freedom of expression, etc.). published in the media of one of the countries listed above or one of the European Union member states.

Candidates can only apply for one category and on an individual basis (jointly-produced work will not be accepted). The submitted articles should not exceed 25,000 signs and must have been published between 15 March 2008 and 15 March 2009.

The winner of each of the two categories will be awarded 12 500 euros.

The European Commission may reproduce and publish the prize-winning article in its own publications (which are non-commercial) and in promotional material relating to the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the press.

The jury members, members of the European Commission and members of MEDIAN are excluded from the contest.

AMDEC North Meeting 2009

AMDEC-North (African and Middle East Development Council's) Meeting 2009 will take place in Aleppo-Syria on March 5-8 2009. AMDEC holds a yearly Meeting for the AMDEC NORTH national JCI organizations in one of the member countries. The AMDEC Meeting spans 3 days whereby JCI professional trainings are offered and workshops are conducted to tackle the challenges facing the region.

The AMDEC purpose is to co-ordinate the activities of its members to reach JCI purposes and to promote the specific interests of the area for the benefit of its members.

The members of AMDEC-North are: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, UAE, Morocco and Tunisia.

AMDEC objectives are to coordinate the activities of these countries to achieve specific targets (growth and development) while exchanging information, skills and experience between them. Participants are young entrepreneurs and business owners or senior executives between the ages of 18 and 40. The trainers are renowned consultants in the fields of training and coaching


AMDEC-North 2009 Conference. Aleppo, Syria

Ms. Hana Hallaj, Director. Mobile: +963-933-359433.

Youth producing change

Call for youth media submissions on human rights

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices seeks youth-produced media works on human rights issues* for its second annual YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE program to screen in our New York, London, Boston and San Francisco film festivals in 2009-10. YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE provides a platform for youth to share their perspectives with audiences worldwide. We want media works on human rights issues created by youth ages 19 and younger!!! *Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED TO JANUARY 16, 2009

To submit projects, all you have to do is email the following information to [email protected]:

_ Director (or production group/community organization) name

_ Names and ages of all filmmakers at the time of production

_ Film Title

_ Film synopsis (a paragraph summary describing the subject matter of the film).

_ Filmmaker bio (or a brief description of the producing organization).

_ Genre: Tell us if the film is a documentary, PSA, animation, experimental film, fiction or narrative.

_ Country where the film was produced

_ Year of production

_ Film's running time

_ Complete contact information for the person(s) who is (are) submitting, and is (are) ultimately responsible for the film (name, website, email address, mailing address and phone number).

After reviewing submitted info, we will contact you for screener(s). Additionally, please read through our submission guidelines for detailed information on how we review submissions and make selections: (5 page PDF guideline/ submission instructions)