First Published: 2010-06-04

Libya's Mustafa Fetouri wins 'Best Opinion Article' of Samir Kassir award

Fetouri awarded for his article 'Feed and let others feed: Libya’s recipe for lack of progress'.


Middle East Online

Mustafa Fetouri with his wife

BEIRUT - Libyan Mustafa Fetouri was awarded the top prize in the "Best Opinion Article" category of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of The Press 2010.

He was awarded for his article: "Feed and let others feed: Libya’s recipe for lack of progress" published in English in the daily The National (30/11/2009) in the United Arab Emirates.

Mustafa Fetouri is a Tripoli-based regular contributor of opinion articles to The National, The Tripoli Post, the Quryna and the London-based Middle East Online news website. He has also appeared as a political commentator on many televisions, including the BBC, France 24 and Al-Jazeera.

He is currently the MBA programme director at the Academy of Graduate Studies in Tripoli, Libya. He was a lecturer at several academic institutions around the world, from Peru to China. He has translated three books from English into Arabic.

Mustafa Fetouri holds an MBA in Information Technology from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands and a B.S. from the American University of Athens, Greece. He speaks Arabic and English.

The award rewards every year, two journalists from the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, and the Gulf, who have proved to be an example to others by the quality of their work in the two following categories: best opinion article and best investigative reporting article.

Organized by the European Commission Delegation in Lebanon and the Samir Kassir Foundation, the Samir Kassir for Freedom of the press prize giving ceremony was held yesterday at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel during which two journalists from the Arab world, Egyptian Safaa Saleh and Libyan Mustafa Fetouri were rewarded for their articles in the categories best opinion article and best investigative reporting article.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Safaa Saleh was awarded the prize of the "Best Investigative Report" category for her article: "Tobacco Girls" published in Arabic in the newspaper Al-Ousbouh (11/12/2009) in Egypt.

She is a journalist with Al-Ousbouh, and has previously worked with Al-Yaoum and the Jeel Al-Ghad.

Safaa Saleh holds a B.A. in Mathemathics and Computer Sciences. She speaks Arabic and English.


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