News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
On its 25th anniversary, CPJ honors four courageous journalists
From left to right: Atwar Bahjat, Madi Ceesay, Jamal Amer, Jesús Abad Colorado, Hodding Carter
CPJ will honor four journalists—from Colombia, Yemen, the Gambia and Iraq—with 2006 International Press Freedom Awards. Jesús Abad Colorado of Colombia, Jamal Amer of Yemen, and Madi Ceesay of the Gambia have all risked their lives to report the news, braving attacks, harassment, and imprisonment. CPJ will posthumously honor Atwar Bahjat, correspondent for Al-Arabiya satellite television and former Al-Jazeera reporter who was gunned down while covering a bombing near Samarra, Iraq, in February.
Hodding Carter III, the respected newspaper editor, television journalist, foundation executive, and teacher, will receive CPJ’s Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.
The awards will be presented at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, November 21. Robert A. Iger, president and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, and John S. Carroll, Knight visiting lecturer at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, will co-chair the black-tie dinner. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent and CPJ board member Christiane Amanpour will be the host.
At the awards ceremony, as a culmination of its anniversary celebration, CPJ plans to recognize key contributors to the organization’s quarter century of success including all CPJ board members past and present, all former executive directors, past awardees, past winners of Burton Benjamin Awards, and previous dinner chairs.
CPJ urges Putin to back Politkovskaya murder probe
CPJ research on press freedom in Russia was cited in most major media coverage in the days after the killing, including the fact that Politkovskaya was the 13th journalist murdered in a contract-style killing since Putin came to office in 2000. In dozens of domestic and international media interviews, CPJ staff repeatedly called on the Russian president to take decisive steps to end the cycle of impunity there.
To read more about the Russian government’s mixed signals about its support for the Politkovskaya murder investigation, click here: http://www.cpj.org/news/2006/europe/russia10oct06na.html
In Dangerous Assignments, veteran reporters examine lessons of war
Also in this double issue; CPJ Board Members Victor Navasky, Michael Massing, Dave Marash, Josh Friedman, and Geraldine Fabrikant Metz look at the legacy of the press freedom movement and the challenges ahead; CPJ profiles Anna Politkovskaya, Akbar Ganji and other leading press freedom figures of the past quarter-century; Matthew Hansen investigates the role of governments worldwide in the deaths of hundreds of journalists over 15 years; and Middle East and North Africa Senior Program Coordinator Joel Campagna examines the U.S. government’s detention of an Al-Jazeera cameraman at Guantanamo.
CPJ condemns single deadliest attack in Iraq, gunmen kill 11
According to CPJ research, 86 journalists and 37 media workers have been killed in Iraq since the war began.
To read more about the attack on Al-Shaabiya, http://www.cpj.org/news/2006/mideast/iraq12oct06na.html
Learn more about journalists and media workers killed on duty in Iraq: http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/Iraq/Iraq_danger.html
CPJ reunion brings together former and current staff & board