Samir Kassir Foundation
Missions and objectives
SKF was established in 2006 and has consistently held up its mission of promoting freedom of expression in both the media and cultural fields. Freedom of expression and the role of culture represented for the late journalist, historian and martyr of free thought, Samir Kassir, the crucial condition for any flourishing society, and specifically for Arab nations, to thrive beyond their state of despair. He envisioned a democratic and secular Lebanon, whose vibrant cultural and intellectual scene would ultimately extend to the region.
The Samir Kassir Foundation (SKF) is a non-profit, civic organization, working within the civil society and cultural circles to promote freedom of expression, spread democratic culture in Lebanon and the Arab world, and encourage new talents of free press to build the movement for a cultural, democratic, and secular renewal. It is also monitoring and reporting, on a daily basis, violence and repression to which journalists, media professionals, artists, intellectuals and activists in the Levant region are facing. Throughout the year, it holds and offers workshops and conferences related to culture, performing arts, and public freedom but also press and media development. It provides material, legal and safety support to persecuted journalists and artists.