Ferial Haffajee to receive international press freedom award

2014-10-01 08:39

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City Press’ editor-in-chief, Ferial Haffajee, has been named one of the recipients of this year’s international press freedom award by the United States-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Other recipients include journalists from Burma (Myanmar), Iran and Russia, who continued their work in the face of violence and censorship.

Haffajee will receive the distinction this year with Aung Zaw, founder and editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy in Myanmar; Iranian freelancer Siamak Ghaderi; and Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, editor-in-chief of the Russian independent TV channel Dozhd.

“We are confronting record levels of violence and repression against journalists and, recently, vivid displays of brutality perpetrated against reporters covering the Syrian conflict,” said Joel Simon, CPJ executive director, yesterday.

“The journalists that CPJ will honour with the international press freedom award are undeterred and unbowed. They have risked all to bring us the news.”

Haffajee has faced criticism and threats after publishing critical stories.

Zaw’s independent magazine The Irrawaddy was branded an “enemy of state” by the former Burmese government and has been under pressure by the country’s current government.

Ghaderi, who had previously worked with the Islamic Republic’s official new agency IRNA, was released in July after four years in prison.

Zygar’s independent TV channel Dozhd provides an alternative in Russia where most of the media are controlled by Moscow.

Jorge Ramos, co-anchor on Univision News, will receive the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.

The recipients will be honoured on November 25 at a benefit dinner hosted by CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

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