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September 22, 2011
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Three Women Journalists Who Face Danger Covering News to be Honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation
Bank of America Returns as National Presenting Sponsor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top journalists and news industry leaders will celebrate the bravery of three women who risk their lives covering the news at the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles Oct. 24 and New York on Oct. 27.
For the sixth consecutive year, Bank of America is returning as National Presenting Sponsor of the awards. Bloomberg is the East Coast Presenting Sponsor, and Walmart is the West Coast Presenting Sponsor.
This year’s Courage in Journalism Award winners face daunting challenges reporting violence in their countries. Mexican drug cartels have murdered two of her colleagues and threatened to kill Zeta newsmagazine director Adela Navarro Bello, Iranian officials have targeted and harassed Reuters’ Tehran Bureau Chief Parisa Hafezi and Thai authorities have charged editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn with violating laws for allowing 10 strangers to post anti-royal comments on her website, Prachatai. Premchaiporn is standing trial now, facing up to 20 years in prison in a test of Internet freedom.
Legendary reporter Kate Adie, BBC’s first chief news correspondent, will be awarded the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Adie has paved the way for future generations of women journalists by fearlessly covering breaking news from Bosnia to Sierra Leone for decades.
"We are honored to once again support the IWMF's Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award program. These brave journalists have faced danger and violence without regard for their personal safety, showing extraordinary dedication to educating the public and shining a light on these critical issues," said Anne Finucane, Bank of America's global strategy and marketing officer.
IWMF Courage Co-chair Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour will oversee the New York luncheon as mistress of ceremonies at the Waldorf=Astoria on Oct. 27. Honoring the winners will be ABC’s Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos, Jordan Media Institute founder HRH Princess Rym Ali and Bloomberg News White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.
At the Los Angeles Courage in Journalism Awards dinner on Oct. 24 at The Beverly Hills Hotel, IWMF board member Cynthia McFadden of ABC News will be mistress of ceremonies. Joining her in honoring the winners will be Martha Raddatz, ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent; actress Robin Givens; Geoffrey Cowan, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands; Angelica Fuentes Tellez, CEO of Grupo Omnilife, and Robert Scheer, former Los Angeles Times columnist and now Truthdig editor.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a videotaped message at the L.A. and N.Y. events congratulating the women journalists for their brave efforts reporting the news.
For information about purchasing tickets check the IWMF’s website: http://bit.ly/iwmfcourage2011
NEWS MEDIA: Working press interested in interviewing the award winners and covering the events should contact IWMF’s Jane Podesta at email@example.com, 202-567-2602