CPJ announces Int'l Press Freedom Award winners

CPJ announces Int’l Press Freedom Award winners


Dhaka, June 14 – The Committee to Protect Journalists will honour journalists from Sudan, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam with its 2018 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have faced legal action, physical attacks, threats and arrests in retaliation for their work. CPJ is also honouring Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, founder and chief executive officer of news website Rappler, with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
CPJ’s 2018 IPFA awardees are Amal Khalifa Idris Habbani, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, Luz Mely Reyes and Anastasiya (Nastya) Stanko, said a press release on Thursday.
“At a time when journalism is being vilified, mocked and undermined by so many political leaders, CPJ is recognising some of the world’s most courageous and dedicated reporters for their contribution to informing their communities and the world,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon.
“These journalists put their lives and liberty on the line every day just to do their job. There can be no greater affirmation that journalism matters.”
CPJ’s Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award will be presented to Maria Ressa, who in 2012 founded Rappler, a Philippine news website renowned for its unflinching coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial policies and actions. Ressa has been a celebrated journalist in Asia for more than 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila, then Jakarta.
“Maria is the pioneering leader of an inventive organisation that aggressively reports news in the Philippines and constantly innovates to keep audiences engaged,” said CPJ Board Chair Kathleen Carroll. “Her bravery in the face of personal and professional attacks is inspiring. We are proud to present her with this award.”
Winners will be honoured at CPJ’s annual award and benefit dinner. This year’s dinner will be chaired by Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The evening will be hosted by veteran CBS journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City on November 20 next. – UNB


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