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June 14, 2008

NBC's Tim Russert dies of heart attack

Television journalist and NBC Bureau chief Tim Russert died of heart attack on June 13, aged 58. Russert died while at work in the NBC news bureau. "It is my sad duty to report this afternoon that my friend and colleague Tim Russert ... collapsed and died while at work in the NBC news bureau in Washington, DC," People quoted colleague Tom Brokaw, as saying in an NBC bulletin. "This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice," he added. Russert had just returned to... MORE
June 10, 2008

Star French news anchor gets run over by blonde Ferrari

The appointment of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's alleged ex-girlfriend to the country's most prestigious TV news position has taken the country's media landscape by storm. Fortyone-year-old Laurence Ferrari is to replace France's most popular and influential news reader, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, as the host of France's most-watched news programme, the evening news on TF1. Liberation and Le Parisien newspapers suggested Sarkozy—a close friend of TF1's owner, business magnate Martin Bouygues—... MORE
June 5, 2008

Somalia: Beleaguered journalists recognised for courage

Three Somali journalists have been awarded the prestigious Hellmann/Hammett award in recognition for their journalism while risking their lives and suffering terrible hardships in the midst of Somalia’s worsening armed conflict. Abdullahi Mohammed Hassan, founder of the Ayaamaha newspaper; Mohamed Amiin Sheik Adow, of Radio Shebelle; and Abdi Dhaqane Ciye, a cameraman for HornAfrik media, were among the 34 Hellmann/Hammett grants awarded worldwide in 2008. Both Amiin and Hassan fled Somalia in... MORE
June 4, 2008

O’Reilly re-elected president of WAN

Gavin O’Reilly, the Chief Operating Officer of Ireland-based Independent News & Media PLC, has been re-elected President of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) for a third term of two years. O’Reilly, 41, who is Irish, was re-elected President Wednesday by the WAN Annual General Meeting, held during the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Göteborg, Sweden. The events, the global meetings of the world’s press, drew more than 1,500 publishers, editors and other senior... MORE
June 3, 2008

Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Chinese journalist Li Chongqing

A Chinese journalist who went to prison for reporting on a health threat before Chinese authorities announced it has been awarded the 2008 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). The award to Li Chongqing, who was released from prison in February after serving three years for reporting on an outbreak of dengue fever, marked the second consecutive year that the annual award has gone to a Chinese journalist. It was the first time since... MORE
June 1, 2008

Xavier Vidal-Folch elected President of World Editors Forum

Xavier Vidal-Folch, Deputy Director of the Spanish daily El Pais , has been elected President of the World Editors Forum (WEF), the global association for senior newsroom executives within the World Association of Newspapers WAN). Vidal-Folch was elected by the Board of WEF, meeting in Göteborg, Sweden, on the eve of the annual World Editors Forum conference. He succeeds George Brock, Saturday Editor of The Times of London, who served as WEF President for the last four years. “It is an honour... MORE
May 9, 2008

Cuban blogger receives Spanish award in absentia

A young Cuban dissident has been given a prestigious Spanish journalism award for using a blog to overcome the limits to free expression in her country, says a BBC News report. Yoani Sanchez has received the Ortega y Gasset Prize in digital journalism for her blog, called Generation Y. Cuban authorities did not approve Yoani Sanchez's request to travel to Madrid for the award ceremony. Cuban essayist Ernesto Hernandez Busto accepted on her behalf. The prize is given each year by Spain's El Pais... MORE
May 9, 2008

Award-winning Pakistani reporter braves attacks, arrest

(AFP) — Mushtaq Yusufzai has been wounded by the Taliban, arrested by Pakistani forces and his mother has begged him to quit -- but still he keeps reporting from the frontline of the "war on terror". The 32-year-old specialist on Pakistan's wild tribal belt is the winner of the Kate Webb award, set up by Agence France-Presse (AFP) to honour the life and career of the legendary foreign correspondent who died in November 2007. Yusufzai, from Mardan in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province,... MORE
April 10, 2008

UN press freedom prize goes to crusading Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho

A Mexican reporter who has been a target of death threats, sabotage and police harassment because of her work uncovering prostitution and child pornography networks was Wednesday designated the laureate of a press freedom prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Lydia Cacho Ribeiro in a ceremony to be held on World Press Freedom Day, May 3... MORE
April 10, 2008

Veteran journalist Gopal Raju passes away

Gopal Raju, who founded the first successful ethnic newspaper 'India Abroad in the United States' died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 80. Raju, who was suffering from jaundice, was admitted to hospital about a week ago. He died from the complication of the disease. India Abroad popularity increased during emergency in India when it provided the outlet for the opposition leaders to vent their feelings, something which was eagerly lapped up by the dispora. After that the paper never... MORE