The International Women's Media Foundation has honored 3 women journalists who risked their lives to cover the news in their homelands of Iran, Mexico and Thailand with the Courage in Journalism Awards. A fourth award, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the BBC's Kate Adie. Katie in her job has covered the news from Afghanistan, the Tiananmen Square protests, the war in Bosnia, has slept in graves, has been shot in the elbow and still has shrapnel in her foot [the Huffington Post.]
“We are proud to recognize these brave women, who endure the most incredible trials to shed light on the events vital to the nations in which they live,” said IWMF Executive Director Liza Gross. “They exemplify the crucial role of the press in society."
The awards went to:
Adela Navarro Bello, general director and columnist for Zeta news magazine in Mexico, who reports on the escalating violence and corruption in the border city of Tijuana. Navarro Bello, 43, has refused to remain silent, despite repeated warnings that she is being targeted by drug cartels.
Parisa Hafezi, bureau chief for Reuters in Iran, was been beaten, harassed & detained while covering public opposition to the government. Hafezi, 41, is under constant surveillance. Government officials have raided her home and office and threatened her.
Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director and webmaster of Prachatai online newspaper in Thailand. Premchaiporn, 43, faces up to 70 years in prison for anti-government comments posted on her website. She has been repeatedly arrested, her offices have been raided and her website has been blocked multiple times by the Thai government.
Kate Adie, Lifetime Achievement Award
Kate Adie, a veteran broadcast journalist, was presented with the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Adie, a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s “From Our Own Correspondent,” has covered the world for more than 40 years, reporting breaking news from Tiananmen Square and Lockerbie to Sierra Leone and Belgrade. Adie, 65, was the BBC’s first chief news correspondent and has paved the way for future generations of journalists.
"These courageous women have endured terrible hardships, without questioning their own safety," said IWMF Board Co-Chair Barbara Cochran. "We are honored to tell the world their stories."
In an whre information appears to flow so freely, it truly is important for us to remember that the ability to both express one's voice and have it broadcast should never be taken for granted. In many parts of the world it is extremely dangerous and life-threatening to speak one's mind.
BrooWaha as a site strives to provide journalists and citizens of varying writing abilities with a platform to share their stories, news and views. Our lives may not be threatened to the degree that these brave women's lives have been, however, by sharing our views we may never know the positive impact that our stories and voices will have on our readers.
As Katie Adie eloquently said in her acceptance speach, "Reporting is a privilege." ... "Tell the world. That's it: the responsibility and the privilege."