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Sunday, June 25, 2006 

BBC opens Beirut office and wants Lebanese journalists

The BBC has announced it will open a Beirut office. They are looking for young Lebanese journalists for a placement.

It's in memory of a BBC driver killed in Lebanon six years ago.

Abed Takoush covering the withdrawal of the Israeli Army from Southern Lebanon in 2000 when his car was shot at by a tank. He was in the car, the crew were filming. The vehicle was engulfed by flames, and Abed didn't survive.

He was transporting Jeremy Bowen in Bint Jbeil. Bowen is now the BBC's Middle East editor.

Israel said that the attack was by the South Lebanon Army (an Israeli militia, most of whom are now living in Israel).

Israel abandoned Bint Jbeil the night before, and the SLA were left on their own. Many fled with the Israelis - others shot at anything that moved.

The trainees must be working for a Lebanese broadcaster or newspaper, and will be trained by the BBC World Service Trust. Applicants must have 6 months experience and be fluent in English and have a good knowledge of Arabic.
Click here to apply.

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