(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JUNE 5 - He has ended up in the prisons of the Arab countries twice now: in Kuwait and last year in Syria, but this has not stopped his journalistic work. Jordan's Suleiman Khalidi is one of the two winners of this year's Samir Kassir Prize for Press Freedom, which has been set up with assistance from the European Union. A reporter for Reuters, Mr Khalidi has wrote an article telling of his ordeals in the prisons of the Damascus regime, winning the prize for best opinion article, while his young Egyptian colleague Pakinam Amer won the prize for investigative journalism with a meticulous reconstruction of the Reda Hilal case, appearing in Cairo's Al Masri al Yawm. The story is of the Egyptian journalist who disappeared in circumstances that remain mysterious while Hosni Mubarak was still in power. The award ceremony for the Samir Kassir Prize took place on Saturday in Beirut, on the anniversary of the bomb attack that killed the leading intellectual and journalist in 2005, who lead the campaign for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon after 29 years of military 'protection'. The ceremony was attended by European Ambassador Angelina Eichorst. Khalidi's article bears the title ''Humanity in tatters in the Syrian state security service''. He was arrested last year during the early stages of the uprising in the country by the security forces in the southern area of Daraa while gathering eye-witness reports on regime violence. ''I was only in prison for a few days, then the Amman government intervened,'' Khalidi told ANSA. He had previously been in a Kuwaiti prison during the Gulf War. The two winners receive a 10,000 euro prize. The international Samir Kassir Prize, which is financed by the EU and which has been made possible by the work of the Samir Kassir Foundation, is awarded each year and is open to all Arab printed word journalists. In his story, Khalidi, father of two children, went beyond descriptions of the violence perpetrated by regime security personnel on arrested demonstrators to open a chink of light on the ''humanity in tatters'' visible in some of the country's prisons.(ANSAmed).