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YEMENI EDITOR WINS PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE

The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has awarded a new press freedom prize to a Yemeni journalist who is the first woman ever to be appointed an editor in her country.
Nadia Al-Saqqaf, editor-in-chief of the "Yemen Times", is the recipient of the 2006 Gebran Tueni Award, which honours an editor or publisher from the Arab region who has shown courage in defending press freedom and demonstrated excellence in leadership and managerial and professional standards.

The award is named after the former Lebanese newspaper publisher who was assassinated in a car bombing in December 2005.

The award includes a EURO 10,000 (US$13,300) scholarship to enable Al-Saqqaf to undertake advanced newspaper leadership training through the training institute of "An-Nahar", the Tueni family's newspaper in Lebanon.

Al-Saqqaf, 29, took over the position of editor-in-chief from her brother Walid in 2005. The "Yemen Times" is one of the most outspoken newspapers in the country. Al-Saqqaf has made it a priority to raise the professional standards of the journalists working at the newspaper and to improve the competence of female journalists in Yemen. Legal education is among upcoming projects for the staff, as well as training in how to report on scientific developments.

Visit these links:
- WAN: http://www.wan-press.org/article12649.html
- Gebran Tueni Award: http://www.wan-press.org/tueni_award/home.php
- Yemen Times: http://www.yementimes.com/

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