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April 12, 2011

Freedom of Expression awards go to Ciudad Juárez and Novaya Gazeta blogs

Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico , a courageous blog about drug cartel activities, government repression and police corruption in northern Mexico, is the jury choice in the “Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom” category of this year’s BOBs (Best of Blogs competition), organised by the German radio station Deutsche Welle. The blog’s author, Spanish journalist Judith Torrea, was chosen from 11 finalists by an international jury consisting of bloggers and a Reporters Without... MORE
March 15, 2011

IANS journalist wins UNFPA award

A journalist of newswire Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) has won the prestigious United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity for reportage on women's issues. Azera Parveen Rahman, principal correspondent with IANS, got the Most Promising Young Woman Journalist award for the year 2007. She was among 31 other awardees in the northern region. Rahman was given the award at a function held at the Chinmaya Mission Auditorium in south Delhi by Nobuko Horibe,... MORE
December 14, 2010

Moroccan journalist wins Gebran Tueni Prize

Aboubakr Jamaï, the co-founder and former managing director of the weekly newspaper Le Journal Hebdomadaire and a pioneer of the independent press in Morocco, has been awarded the 2010 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that honours an editor or publisher from the Arab region. The award honours the editor or publisher who demonstrates the values incarnated in Tueni: attachment to freedom of the press, courage, leadership,... MORE
December 13, 2010

Press Freedom Prize goes to Radio Shabelle and Abdolreza Tajik

Jailed Iranian journalist Abdolreza Tajik and embattled Somali news radio station Radio Shabelle have been awarded the Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) Press Freedom Prize for 2010. The award is given in associated with French retail chain FNAC. “This year we are honouring a courageous journalist, Abdolreza Tajik, and a beleaguered radio station, Radio Shabelle,” RSF secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “These laureates work into two countries, Iran and Somalia, where reporting the... MORE
November 25, 2010

Journalists on the frontlines of press freedom honoured

Outstanding journalists at the forefront of the battle for press freedom in Ethiopia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela were honored Tuesday evening at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 20th Annual International Press Freedom Awards benefit dinner. The event raised a record of nearly $1.5 million for CPJ's work exposing press freedom violations, providing assistance to targeted journalists, and advocating for solutions to guarantee the right to independent and critical reporting. Celebrating at... MORE
August 13, 2010

Groups urge UNESCO to cancel prize in name of Equatorial Guinea dictator

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation should cancel the Obiang prize at its next session in October 2010, 96 press freedom and human rights groups have said in a letter to UNESCO Executive Board members. At its last meeting, on June 15, UNESCO agreed to delay the prize to allow for further consultation, following a public outcry from a diverse group of scientists, health professionals, press freedom advocates, and rights groups around the world. A total of 96... MORE
August 10, 2010

Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji declared IPI’s 59th World Press Freedom Hero

Iranian journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji has been declared a World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Institute (IPI), in recognition of his decades of work defending freedom of speech and equal rights for all, in the face of continued harassment and imprisonment. Often called "Iran’s most prominent political dissident," Ganji spent six years in Iran’s infamous Evin prison for a 1999 series of articles which he, (along with investigative journalist Emadeddin Baghi) wrote on Iran’... MORE
August 3, 2010

Kurdish journalist serving 166-year jail term wins press freedom prize in Turkey

A former Kurdish editor who has been held since January 30, 2009 and sentenced to a total of 166 years in prison with 30-odd cases, has been awarded a Journalists Association of Turkey press freedom prize. on 24 July. Vedat Kursun is former editor of Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat . Receiving the award on Kursun's behalf on July 24, his father said, “To Turkish and international public opinion, I say: ‘Defend everyone's right to freedom of thought.' Today, unfortunately, this prize is... MORE
December 17, 2009

Imprisoned Iranian journalist awarded Golden Pen of Freedom

Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, an Iranian journalist and political analyst who was imprisoned following Iran’s disputed presidential election in June, has been awarded the 2010 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Zeid-Abadi is known for an open letter he wrote from prison in 2000 protesting the judiciary’s treatment of imprisoned journalists. The letter was widely distributed despite attempts by authorities to suppress... MORE
December 10, 2009

Iraqi journalist wins Gebran Tueni Award

Asos Hardi, the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the Awene newspaper in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been awarded the 2009 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that honours an editor or publisher from the Arab region. Hardi, who has gained a reputation as a newspaperman with exceptional leadership skills and high professional standards in a country where the media face great difficulties, will receive the award in a ceremony in Beirut... MORE