Women Win Journalism Prizes for Courage
October 28, 2011
Female journalists from Iran, Mexico and Thailand have won journalism prizes which recognise their courageous reporting during often life-threatening situations.
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) awarded journalism prizes to three journalists who had distinguished themselves for their work in Iran, Mexico and Thailand.
The IWMF honoured Adela Navarro Bello, the Mexican editor who was threatened by drug cartels; Parisa Hafezi, Reuters’ Iran Bureau Chief who was targeted and harassed by Iranian officials; and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the editor charged by the Thai authorities for allowing anti-royal comments on her website.
Speaking about the three journalists, Barbara Cochran, IWMF Board Co-Chair, said: “These courageous women have endured terrible hardships, without questioning their own safety. They face danger and violence to report the day’s most important stories, despite being targeted by authorities. We are honoured to tell the world their stories.”
BBC reporter Katie Adie was also awarded the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Reporting is a privilege,” Ms Adie said in her acceptance speech. “Tell the world. That’s it: the responsibility and the privilege.”
Every year the IWMF praises the efforts of brave women journalists who risk political persecution, injury and sometimes death while trying to uncover corruption and campaign for human rights.
By Rosaria Sgueglia
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