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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
CPJ announces 2017 International Press Freedom Award winners
York, July 18, 2017—The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor
journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen with its 2017
International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have faced
government harassment, death threats, or imprisonment in their pursuit
of the truth. CPJ is also honoring PBS journalist Judy Woodruff with its
inaugural Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
CPJ’s 2017 IPFA awardees are:
a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s Hausa service, who
was imprisoned in Cameroon in July 2015. He was convicted on
terrorism-related charges and sentenced in early 2017 to 10 years in
prison in connection with his coverage of the extremist sect Boko Haram.
Patricia Mayorga, a correspondent for the Mexico City-based newsmagazine Proceso,
who has received threats over her coverage of alleged links between
Mexico’s ruling party and organized crime, forced disappearances, and
human rights issues.
a critical reporter and press freedom advocate in Thailand, who was
harassed by the government and detained twice in recent years over his
coverage of Thai politics and human rights.
a leading Yemeni reporter and blogger, who covers tensions in her home
country from Sweden, where she lives in exile. Nasser, who also reports
on human rights violations, women’s issues, and press freedom, fled
Yemen after receiving death threats over articles that criticized the
regime during the 2011 uprising.
“Journalists around the world face growing threats and
pressure,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “Those we honor are
the most courageous and committed. They stand as an example that
CPJ’s inaugural Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award will be presented to Judy Woodruff,
the award-winning broadcast journalist and managing editor of “PBS
NewsHour.” Woodruff has covered news and politics at CNN, NBC, and PBS
for more than three decades. The award honors the memory of Gwen Ifill,
the award-winning PBS “NewsHour” journalist and CPJ senior advisor and
former board member who died in November 2016. The award will be
presented to individuals who show extraordinary and sustained
achievement in the cause of press freedom.
“It's wonderful that the first person honored by the
prize named for Gwen Ifill is her PBS partner and friend, Judy
Woodruff,” said CPJ Board Chair Kathleen Carroll. “Woodruff has a
storied career and, like Ifill, also makes tireless contributions to the
profession and to journalists. She is the epitome of the values that
CPJ stands for and it is an honor to present her with the first Gwen
Ifill Press Freedom Award.”
All of the winners will be honored at CPJ’s annual
award and benefit dinner. This year’s chairman is David Rhodes,
president of CBS News. The host will be Christiane Amanpour, chief
international correspondent for CNN and CPJ senior advisor. The event is
at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City on November 15, 2017.
Note to editors: CPJ International
Press Freedom Award winners are available for interviews, upon request,
prior to the awards dinner on November 15, 2017. Media accreditation for
coverage of the awards dinner will begin on October 23.
CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide
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