Kurdish journalist Ayub Nuri is 2011 PEN Canada Lecturer-in-Residence at George Brown College

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The Iraqi journalist Ayub Nuri has been chosen as the 2011/12 Lecturer-in-Residence at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at George Brown College.

A native of Halabja in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq, and fluent in four languages, Nuri became a fixer for New York Times, BBC and Channel 4 UK film crews in Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion. From 2005-2009 he worked as a journalist and columnist for two leading independent Kurdish newspapers, and as a reporter for European and American radio and television. Nuri also helped Human Rights Watch research and compile reports on the use of torture in Iraqi prisons.

Nuri holds a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia university and has taught at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Iraq. From 2007-08 he was a Journalist-in- Residence at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania and supervised the War News Radio project which broadcast a weekly report on Afghanistan and Iraq to 55 US radio stations. In 2007 he was awarded first prize for "outstanding academic and professional achievement" in the field of international reporting by the The Foreign Press Association in New York.

Nuri's opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Toronto Star. He is currently editor-in-chief of the online Kurdish newspaper Rudaw English.

Background: PEN Canada's Writers in Exile program helps authors and journalists who have been silenced in their country of origin to establish themselves in Canada. A decade ago PEN Canada established the Placement Program to engage exiled writers in literary and academic communities in Canada. George Brown College has partnered with PEN Canada's Writers in Exile since 2004.

Image with caption: "Ayub Nuri reading his "Letter to Canada" at the The Wrecking Ball 2011 political theatre event in Toronto. (CNW Group/PEN Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110914_C3134_PHOTO_EN_3271.jpg


For further information:

PEN Canada contact: Brendan de Caires, bdecaires@pencanada.com | 416 703 8448 ext 21

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