Honoring courage and defying repression

CPJ’s 2014 International Press Freedom Awards

New York, November 6, 2014 — Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists‘ 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All have faced recrimination for their work, including imprisonment, violence, and censorship. CPJ will present Jorge Ramos, co-anchor on Univision News since 1986, with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom. International Press Freedom Awardee Nguyen Van Hai, who was imprisoned when his award was presented in 2013, is now free and will attend this year to receive his award.

The awards dinner is open for press coverage. Accreditation requests are accepted until noon on November 24.

WHAT: 24th Annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner

WHERE: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York

WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6:00 – 6.30 p.m. Photo and interviews in East Foyer

7:45 p.m. Award ceremony and dinner

WHO: Dinner chairman: Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation.

Host: Christiane Amanpour, anchor and chief international correspondent for CNN and a CPJ board member.

Award winners: CPJ 2014 International Press Freedom Awardees: Aung Zaw (The Irrawaddy, Burma), Siamak Ghaderi (Freelance, Iran), Mikhail Zygar, (Dozhd, Russia), Ferial Haffajee (City Press, South Africa). 2013 Imprisoned Awardee Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay, Vietnam). Burton Benjamin Memorial Awardee: Jorge Ramos, co-anchor on Univision News since 1986


CPJ is a global, independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide

Note to editors: Photos of awardees are available on request. Photos of the awards dinner will also be made available following the event to press.

Read the full press release announcing the winners in Arabic, English, Farsi, Russian and Spanish.

Media Contacts

Samantha Libby

Communications Associate

Tel: +1 212-300-9032

Email: [email protected]