The Committee to Protect Journalists honors 4 international journalists (AP)

November 23rd, 2010 Print Print Email Email

NEW YORK — Reporters from Ethiopia, Iran, Russia and Venezuela will be honored for covering the news in the face of threats, harassment and arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.

The press advocacy group will also present its Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement to Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute, at an awards dinner Tuesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

“We celebrate these journalists because they embody the struggle to report without fear of reprisal,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “In each of their countries, asking questions and exposing uncomfortable truths is a dangerous task.”

The winners of CPJ’s 2010 International Press Freedom Awards are:

-Dawit Kebede, founder of Ethiopia’s Awramba Times newspaper. He spent two years in a crowded prison for his independent reporting on Ethiopia’s 2005 election violence.

-Mohammad Davari, editor of the Iranian news website Saham News. Davari is serving a five-year prison term for “mutiny against the regime” after exposing prisoner abuse at the Kahrizak Detention Center. He is the only one among the four who will be unable to attend the awards ceremony.

-Nadira Isayeva, editor of the independent weekly Chernovik in Russia’s Dagestan republic. The state media regulator has been trying to shutter her paper for “hostile attitudes toward law enforcement officers and other extremist statements.”

-Laureano Marquez, a Venezuelan journalist, author, actor, and humorist whose satirical commentary has made him the scourge of President Hugo Chavez and other officials. The government has fined Marquez for his columns and a a recent piece in Caracas-based daily Tal Cual prompted the country’s information minister to demand that Marquez be prosecuted for assaulting the country’s democracy and plotting a coup.

Neier, who is well-known in the U.S. and international human rights communities, was a founding CPJ board member. He worked with the American Civil Liberties Union for 15 years and helped found Human Rights Watch in 1978, running the organization for a dozen years.

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    By. Hanna kebede switherland

    Meles is An intelligent dictator?

    Albert Camus once called an intellectual an unsuccessful idiot, Being intelligent to some is indeed synonymous to a brutal tyrant, a cruel murderer, a corrupt embezzler, a deceitful liar, an election rigger, a Western puppet, a brother killer, a fluent idiot.

    Do they see intelligent Meles as crafty, devious, sneaky, able to hide his ignorance, an intriguer, cruel, or a docile puppet, no. In fact, they clapped and diplomatically branded him as intelligent when Meles begged for a political opposition lest he becomes corrupt with absolute power. A political opposition that is all but lurking in the shadows after the last so called democratic exercise.
    Mengistu was considered crude and cruel because he was pro Soviet and not because he killed Ethiopians en masse. Meles Zenawi’s talent to lie outright and in more than four directions at a time. Indeed, the man is so intelligent that he can rig elections, slaughter hundreds and still stay in power! A fine and intelligent mess! In my opeinion All are the same shit

    There is nothing smart or intellignt about Meles Zenawi

    people tink Meles is intelligent b/c he speaks “good English” betrays the irony of how Westerners measure the “intelligence” of African leaders. It is not just the fact that Meles Zenawi’s English is actually not that distinctive, even by African standardsMeles is actually the type of African leader the West cherishes.

    How many African leaders do you know who tried to genuinely serve their people and got praise from the West: The intellignece of Melese Zinawi must be measured by what he thinks and does and costs Ethihiopia and Ethiopians. If,indeed, Meles the criminal is an intellegent man,what has he used his intellegnce for the last decades? Murder,looting,lie,deception,and the list goes on and on, and on.That is what he is doing and that had been what he came into Ethiopia for,Meles Zinawi is not a good thinker.

  2. hanna kebede
    | #2

    By. Hanna kebede switherland

    Meles is An intelligent dictator?

    Albert Camus once called an intellectual an unsuccessful idiot, Being intelligent to some is indeed synonymous to a brutal tyrant, a cruel murderer, a corrupt embezzler, a deceitful liar, an election rigger, a Western puppet, a brother killer, a fluent idiot.

    Do they see intelligent Meles as crafty, devious, sneaky, able to hide his ignorance, an intriguer, cruel, or a docile puppet, no. In fact, they clapped and diplomatically branded him as intelligent when Meles begged for a political opposition lest he becomes corrupt with absolute power. A political opposition that is all but lurking in the shadows after the last so called democratic exercise.
    Mengistu was considered crude and cruel because he was pro Soviet and not because he killed Ethiopians en masse. Meles Zenawi’s talent to lie outright and in more than four directions at a time. Indeed, the man is so intelligent that he can rig elections, slaughter hundreds and still stay in power! A fine and intelligent mess! In my opeinion All are the same shit

    There is nothing smart or intellignt about Meles Zenawi

    people tink Meles is intelligent b/c he speaks “good English” betrays the irony of how Westerners measure the “intelligence” of African leaders. It is not just the fact that Meles Zenawi’s English is actually not that distinctive, even by African standardsMeles is actually the type of African leader the West cherishes.

    How many African leaders do you know who tried to genuinely serve their people and got praise from the West: The intellignece of Melese Zinawi must be measured by what he thinks and does and costs Ethihiopia and Ethiopians. If,indeed, Meles the criminal is an intellegent man,what has he used his intellegnce for the last decades? Murder,looting,lie,deception,and the list goes on and on, and on.That is what he is doing and that had been what he came into Ethiopia for,Meles Zinawi is not a good thinker.

  3. TED
    | #3

    well said Hanna,I always tell that to some innocent people. Meles is a made up intelligent. The west made him look smart,actually in my view, they also made him to be a criminal so that he leaves the rest of his life in fear knowing that he is already a candidate in the huge.This the strategy by the west so that dictators serve them unconditionally.You don’t have to be a political scientist ,just how much they made him to submit to them-go to somalia to fight terrorism :right away!,what else can I do for you type of servitude-that is meles I understand .If not why do you think the west is awarding him with $200m/b in exchange for killing 200 people i.e the more more he become brutal the more money he get,period!

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