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December 15, 2008

Gebran Tueni Award given to Egyptian editor Ibrahim Eissa at Arab Free Press Forum

Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of Egypt’s Al-Dustour newspaper, has been awarded the 2008 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) that honours an editor or publisher in the Arab region. The prize, which is made in memory of Gebran Tueni, the Lebanese publisher and WAN Board Member who was killed by a car bomb in Beirut on December 12, 2005, was presented during a ceremony Saturday in recognition of Eissa’s commitment to freedom of the press, his courage... MORE
December 8, 2008

Slovenian journalist and writer Spomenka Hribar to receive SEEMO human rights award

The 2008 SEEMO Award for Human Rights has been awarded to Slovenian journalist, writer and human rights advocate Spomenka Hribar. The award is given by the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI). Hribar received much publicity in the 1980s with her essay 'The Guilt and the Sin', which critically exposed the post-war liquidation of... MORE
December 8, 2008

Freedom House leader awarded WPFC's first annual press freedom advocacy prize

The World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) has created an annual award for press freedom champions, the Dana Bullen Press Freedom Advocacy Prize, in honour of the organisation's first Executive Director. The committee also announced that the first prize would be bestowed on veteran free press activist Leonard R Sussman, Senior Scholar of Freedom House and its Executive Director for 21 years (1967-88), during which he created that organisation's annual press freedom survey, now seen as the... MORE
December 5, 2008

Cuban journalist, North Korean radio station and two Burmese bloggers win RSF Prize

Cuban journalist Ricardo González Alfonso has been chosen by Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) as “2008 Journalist of the Year” for helping an independent press to survive in Cuba. After challenging the state’s monopoly of news and information, González was arrested on March 18, 2003 along with 26 other dissident journalists during the crackdown known as the “Black Spring.” Accused of being “in the pay of the United States” and “undermining Cuba’s independence and territorial integrity,” he was... MORE
December 3, 2008

Outspoken Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Eissa wins Gebran Tueni Award for 2008

Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of Al Dustour , the daily newspaper in Egypt, has been awarded the 2008 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) that honours an editor or publisher in the Arab region. The prize, which is made in memory of Gebran Tueni, the Lebanese publisher and WAN Board Member who was killed by a car bomb in Beirut in December 2005, recognises Essa’s commitment to freedom of the press, his courage, leadership, ambition and high... MORE
November 20, 2008

CJFE remembers Indo-Canadian journalist killed in 1998 over Kanishka bombing reports

The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has called for justice in the killing of Vancouver journalist Tara Singh Hayer, who was murdered 10 years ago. On November 18, 1998, the then 62-year-old publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times was shot to death at his Surrey, British Columbia home. His murder remains unsolved. CJFE's Executive Director Annie Game said in a statement, "The murder of Hayer was the greatest test, and, indeed, the greatest failure of press freedom in Canada"... MORE
November 19, 2008

Rajdeep Sardesai elected Editors’ Guild President; sets up five-point agenda

Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network, has been unanimously been elected as President of Editors’ Guild of India. Sardesai is the first TV editor to be elected to this post. He takes over from Alok Mehta, Editor, Naidunia Delhi. K Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor – Delhi, the Week , has been re-elected General Secretary, while India TV COO Rohit Bansal has been elected the treasurer at a meeting held on November 17. Bansal takes over from YC Halan, former Editor of Financial... MORE
October 24, 2008

International Press Freedom Award for former Guantanamo detainee Sami al-Haj

Sami al-Haj of Sudan and Shakeman Mugari of Zimbabwe have been awarded the 2008 International Press Freedom Awards for extraordinary courage and overcoming tremendous odds to report the news. The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), which gives away these awards, has also decided to acknowledge Jim Poling of Canada with the Vox Libera Award for his long-standing commitment to freedom of the press. "This year we honour three journalists who have never compromised their principles and... MORE
August 1, 2008

Washington press corps diversity remains low, study finds

Only about 13 percent of the Washington daily newspaper press corps are journalists of color, according to a study on diversity by UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. There were slightly more journalists of colour covering the US capital in 2008 than there were four years earlier when UNITY conducted its first census of the racial makeup of the Washington press corps. But progress has been much slower... MORE
June 19, 2008

Veteran journalist Barun Sengupta passes away

Veteran journalist and founding editor of Bengali daily Bartaman Barun Sengupta died at a nursing home here on Thursday after a prolonged illness. A bachelor, Sengupta was 74. He is survived by two sisters. Sengupta, admitted to the nursing home on Sunday with multiple complications, was on a ventilator for the last two days. He died this afternoon following multi-organ failure. Sengupta, who suffered imprisonment for about nine months during the emergency in 1975, had just crossed 50 years of... MORE