20th Annual Ceremony and Dinner
To benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists
New York City
We would like to thank all of our supporters and dinner chairman Sir Howard Stringer for a record-setting awards dinner that raised over $1.5 million, allowing CPJ to continue at the forefront of the fight for press freedom.
November 23 marked the anniversary of the massacre in Maguindanao province, Philippines, which took the lives of 32 journalists and media support workers. At the benefit, CPJ premiered the documentary video, “In pursuit of justice,” detailing our efforts to win convictions and aid victims’ families.
Burton Benjamin Award:
Aryeh Neier, United States
2009 International Press Freedom Winner:
J.S. Tissainayagam, formerly imprisoned in Sri Lanka, accepted his 2009 award
Acceptance speech by J.S. Tissainayagam