News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2012
CPJ announces 2012 IPFA winners
Four journalists who risked their lives to report the truth
will be honored at CPJ's 2012 International Press Freedom Awards ceremony. The award
winners are Mauri König,
a Brazilian investigative reporter; Mae Azango, a
Liberian journalist; jailed Tibetan journalist Dhondup Wangchen;
Askarov, a reporter serving a life term in Kyrgyzstan.
After CPJ announced the award winners, Muzaffar Suleymanov, the
organization's Europe and Central Asia researcher, was interviewed by Voice of America's
Uzbek service about Askarov. The journalist, who heard the broadcast
in his prison cell, was visibly moved by the honor, his lawyer told CPJ.
CPJ will also be presenting Alan Rusbridger,
editor of the Guardian, with the 2012 Burton Benjamin Award for his unwavering
commitment to press freedom.
The dinner will be hosted by Gwen Ifill, senior
correspondent for PBS and a CPJ board member. The ceremony will take place on
November 20, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Please contact the Development Department for tickets.