Tueni, Gebran

Gebran Tueni was a journalist, politician, activist, and writer in Lebanon until his assassination in 2005. His career in journalism began when he became the editor in chief and editorialist with An Nahar Arab and International, a publication that he launched in Paris with the assistance of some additional journalists. He served as the general manager of An Nahar, a Lebanese daily, and Noun, a monthly, in the 90s. He was a member of the World Association of Newspapers and their advisor on Middle-Eastern affairs, in addition to a member of their Fund for Press Freedom Development. In 2000, he became the chairman of the board, publisher, general manager, and editorialist of An Nahar.

Passionately supporting the ideals behind freedom of speech, Gebran wrote and published a front-page letter to Bashar Assad requesting for the removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Writing such a letter to the heir apparent to former Syrian president caused the letter to receive public opposition from Lebanese officials and some newspapers. After, he helped found the Qornet Shehwan Gathering with around thirty Lebanese Christian politicians and public figures.

After several assassinations took place in Lebanon, Gebran started with precautionary measures and eventually left to Paris until 2005. Right after he came back to Beirut, he was killed in a car bomb. He was number seven on a list of assassinations of politicians, journalists, and security personnel in Lebanon. After his death, the World Association of Newspapers developed the Gebran Tueni Award. There is also the Gebran G. Tueni Human Rights Fellowship Program established by The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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