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WAN-IFRA honours Iraqi Kurdistan editor with Tueni Award

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is honouring Asos Hardi, the editor and founder of the "Awene" newspaper in Iraqi Kurdistan with the 2009 Gebran Tueni Award.

The award is given to an editor or publisher from the Arab region who demonstrates courage, leadership, professional standards and commitment to a free press. It commemorates the murder of Gebran Tueni, the Lebanese publisher killed by a car bomb in December 2005. Tueni was a WAN-IFRA Board member for more than a decade and a regular participant in press freedom missions to the world's hot spots.

Under Hardi, "Awene" has established itself as one of the truly independent newspapers in Iraq today, says WAN-IFRA. The award provides a 10,000 Euro scholarship to permit Hardi to take advanced newspaper leadership training.

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