MCF Launches Media Awards Ceremony

September 9 2012 | 10:43 AM

In 2012, The May Chidiac Foundation (MCF) hosted its first “May Chidiac Foundation Media Awards Ceremony” to reward the outstanding work of media professionals, who significantly influenced the media scene locally, regionally, and internationally and continuously contribute to peace-building and social change. Our awardees are individuals who have moved nations with their groundbreaking stories and their capacity to break barriers, irrespective of restrictions, repressive laws or codes, and taboos.

The May Chidiac Foundation’s extraordinary touchstones stem from Dr. May Chidiac’s legacy as a veteran journalist and the only female journalist who has been a victim of assassination in the Arab World for political reasons.

On this special occasion, Dr. May Chidiac acknowledged all those who have contributed and continue to support the vision of the institution in producing a new generation of skilled, influential, ethical, and proficient journalists in media. Like Dr. May Chidiac, the MCF will not defer from its beliefs and through this persistence comes the determination in continuing to raise the banner of courage and freedom of expression as the sole proprietors of democracy and the establishment of a country we long to live in.

Each year the event hosts political, media, banking, economic, and art pioneers, presidents of political parties with a gathering of MPs, ministers, and diplomats from all over the world. MCF also receives a crowd of media organisation managers as well as international and Arab media figures.

As a special segment, the Director of the “Audiovisuel Extérieur de France” Mrs. Marie Christine Saragosse and the director of “Reporters without Borders ” Christophe De Loire produced reports that stressed the importance of MCF’s contribution in supporting social welfare, development, freedom of speech, and raising the level of journalistic integrity through the foundation activities.

The first Antoine Choueiri  Special Tribute for Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the late Ghassan Tueni, who was honored for his life’s work. The trophy was accepted by Marwan Hamadeh in the presence of Michele Tueni.

The Engaged Journalist Award was granted to the late Nassir al-Assaad, one of the founding fathers of the March 14 Alliance. His son, Wael, accepted the award on behalf of his family.

The Courage in Journalism Award was presented to Le Figaro’s Édith Bouvier who was injured in her escape from Homs. Rebels had dug a tunnel to smuggle her out of Syria, but she was left taped to a strecher inside the tunnel when Syrian forces bombed it.

The Outstanding Audiovisual Performance Award was given to Najwa Kassem, Lebanese journalist and television presenter for Al Arabiya.

In a touching performance, Dr. Chidiac sang Majida El Roumi’s

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