News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2012
Journalists honored at IPFA
Thanks to David
Boies, chairman of Boies,
Schiller & Flexner LLP, who chaired CPJ's 2012 International Press Freedom Awards
dinner on November 20, the organization raised a record-breaking $1.57 million
to support persecuted journalists.
The nearly 900 distinguished guests at the event also
pledged support for CPJ's Campaign Against Impunity during a special appeal
that raised more than $100,000. The John
S. and James L. Knight Foundation has generously pledged to match two-to-one
$100,000 of the funds.
The event, held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria, was hosted by
CPJ board member and PBS senior correspondent Gwen Ifill. The
ceremony paid tribute to the reporting
of Mauri König
(Gazeto do Pozo, Brazil), Mae Azango, (New
Narratives and FrontPage Africa, Liberia) as well as jailed journalists Dhondup
Wangchen (Filming for Tibet, imprisoned in China) and Azimjon
Askarov (Ferghana News, Kyrgyzstan), who were awarded in absentia. Alan Rusbridger,
editor of the Guardian, was awarded the Burton Benjamin Award for his lifetime
commitment to press freedom.