EU Human Rights Prize

I just read on Naharnet that Ghassan Tueni is a candidate shortlisted by the European Parliament for EU Human Rights Prize.

I am not too familiar with that side of Ghassan Tueni. Can anyone enlighten me?


At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:23:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

Ghassan toueni is a big journalist to be respected although I oppose him in many political issues. I think he has wide international relations not to forget also annahar publishing institution. I think as well that he supported humanistic issues whn he made his journal a free place from people all around the world to express their opinions ("qadaya ennahar" as an example, "sometimes" ya3neh ;) )
2 examples of how such a respecable man deals with things are when his son was assasinated and his opinions during the last july war where you can find it here.

I didn't find much about the prize.
I tend to believe that international prizes have to do sometimes with politics as in some nobel prizes, but that doesn't change the fact that he is a big journalist and politician
wishing him health.

At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:28:00 PM, Blogger Rampurple said...

Hilal, I totally agree with you!
I respect the man for his great work and efforts even though I too oppose him in many political issues.

I was just curious because this is a human rights prize and not journalistic or something so I was just wondering of what it is that he has accomplished.

At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:39:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

maybe this anouncement will clarify thing a bit:

"The Socialist Group in the European Parliament will be supporting the nomination of the Lebanese national, Ghassan Tueni, for the 2006 Sakharov Prize. As a public figure, former Lebanese ambassador to the UN, committed thinker and respected journalist, Ghassan Tueni has been striving doggedly for freedom and sovereignty in Lebanon and, more broadly, for peace, democracy and freedom of speech in the Middle East.

An ardent defender of Arab culture and language, he was involved in the foundation of the first Arabic-language university of law, political science and economics in 1950.

The Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament to a personality who has distinguished him or herself through actions in support of the defence of human rights and basic freedoms.


At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 4:36:00 PM, Blogger AbdulKarim said...

Its for freedom of speech not human rights.

At Thursday, September 28, 2006 4:21:00 AM, Blogger Paul said...

So Hilal and rampurple, what don't you like about his political ideas?


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