CPJ aids 195 journalists worldwide in 2012
König, an investigative reporter and recipient of CPJ's 2012 International Press Freedom Awards, was forced into hiding following death threats related to his reports on police corruption. CPJ helped König get to a safe house outside Brazil, where he remained for several weeks.
Ruvakuki, a journalist with the private Burundian radio station Bonesha FM and the French government-sponsored Radio France Internationale (RFI) Swahili service, has been in prison since late 2011 on charges of "participating in terrorist attacks" based on his reporting about a local rebel group. CPJ has given emergency funds to the journalist's family to cover basic needs and the cost of travel to the prison where Ruvakuki is being held.
Fearing arrest under Ethiopia's terrorism laws, Kassahun, a sports reporter, fled to Kenya in late 2009. He lived in Nairobi as a refugee under very difficult conditions until January 2012, when he was resettled to the United States. CPJ supported Kassahun throughout the refugee process, and nominated him last summer for a journalism fellowship at the City University of New York, where he currently studies.
Othman, a Palestinian photographer, was shot and seriously wounded in 2011 by an Israeli soldier while on assignment for the U.K.-based photo agency Demotix near the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Due to the extent of his injuries, Othman was evacuated to Jordan and then to Turkey, where CPJ has supported him with grants to cover medical bills and living expenses.
Since the disappearance of her husband, cartoonist and critical columnist Prageeth Eknelygoda, in January 2010, CPJ has maintained close contact with Sandhya. We have helped her press her case in the courts and legal system of Sri Lanka and covered legal costs, and have helped her meet the needs of her two teenage sons.