26 October 2011

Four women journalists recognised by IWMF for their courage


Winners of this year's Courage in Journalism Awards, (left-to-right) Adela Navarro Bello, Parisa Hafezi, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, and the recipient of the IWMF's Lifetime Achievement Award, Kate Adie.
Winners of this year's Courage in Journalism Awards, (left-to-right) Adela Navarro Bello, Parisa Hafezi, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, and the recipient of the IWMF's Lifetime Achievement Award, Kate Adie.
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Four inspiring women journalists from around the world are being honoured this week in New York and Los Angeles by the International Women's Media Foundation. The winners of this year's Courage in Journalism Awards are Adela Navarro Bello, the editor of "Zeta" newspaper in Mexico, Parisa Hafezi, the Reuters bureau chief in Iran and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, a web editor of Thai news website "Prachatai".

Navarro leads a staff of 60 per cent female journalists and has refused to self censor her reports on crime and corruption, despite death threats. She has ruthlessly pursued independent investigations into the murders of two "Zeta" editors slain in 1988 and 2004, and she has published the names of members of drug cartels terrorising Tijuana. "We go everywhere and cover everything. We won't remain silent," she tells IWMF.

Hafezi has been beaten by riot police, threatened with arrest by Iran's Revolutionary Guard and endured raids on her home and office for ensuring the world gets to know about Iran's brutal suppression of popular movements.

Premchaiporn has endured hours of interrogation and faces 20 years in jail simply because she failed to delete a visitor's comment on her popular news website that was deemed critical of the Thai government. Rather than be cowed by the intimidation, Premchaiporn has focused on mobilising advocates around the world in support of Internet freedom. Take action to support her at: https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/comments-arent-crimes

The BBC's Katie Adie, who has reported from war zones all over the world, is also being recognised with the IWMF's Lifetime Achievement Award.



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