Journalists, bloggers from four countries to be honored with Press Freedom Awards
Sept.16, New York: Press Freedom Awards will be presented to journalists and bloggers from four different countries who have endured death threats, physical attacks and imprisonment or exile.
The Committee to Protect Journalists' 2015 International Press Freedom Awards will be presented to Malaysia's Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, Paraguay's Candido Figueredo Ruiz and bloggers and journalists from Ethiopia and Syria at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 24.
CPJ's first cartoonist awardee, Ulhaque is charged with sedition and faces a possible jail sentence for drawings lampooning high-level abuse in the Malaysian government, the committee said. Ruiz lives under 24-hour police protection for reporting on drug smuggling on the Brazil-Paraguay border.
The Ethiopian honorees are bloggers for the Zone 9 group, whose name is a reference to the eight zones of a notorious prison. Six of the bloggers have been arrested and charged with terrorism for critical reporting.
The Syrians are affiliated with the citizen journalist collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
Veteran Associated Press foreign correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was shot six times by an Afghan security officer while on assignment in Afghanistan, will receive the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom.
Gannon and AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus were covering presidential elections in eastern Afghanistan when the shooting happened in April 2014. Niedringhaus was killed, and Gannon was badly wounded.
The winners will be honored at a ceremony hosted by ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir.
The Oslo Times