The 2008 Samir Kassir prize for Freedom of the Press has been awarded to Nayla Khalil, in Beirut. The honours for the 30 year-old Palestinian journalist included a 15,000 euro cheque. Khalil won definitive recognition for an article published on Internet in March, about political arrests and torture by Fatah and Hamas. The Samir Kassir prize was created by the European Commission delegation in Lebanon. Kassir was strongly critical of the Syrian presence in Lebanon, and was murdered in 2005. The prize aims to promote human rights and freedom of expression in 17 countries of the Mediterranean region and the Arabic-speaking world.