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Posts Tagged ‘Neda Agha-Soltan’

IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Ceremony Tonight in Los Angeles

The International Women’s Media Foundation is holding its annual Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony tonight at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Three women will be honored: Adela Navarro Bello, general director and columnist for Mexico’s Zeta news magazine; Parisa Hafezi, bureau chief for Reuters in Iran; and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director and webmaster of Thailand’s Prachatai online newspaper. BBC’s Kate Adie will also receive a lifetime achievement award.

NBC4 has a nice interview with Hafezi, who described her attempts to cover the aftermath of the shooting of a child protester named Neda Agha-Soltan.

We were banned from covering the protests. Three days after the election, we received a fax telling is that it’s better that we not cover those stories. But I had to go out. I went out. I was picked up by guards, riot police. They had electric batons. For a while, I couldn’t walk. But that is part of my job. I got arrested and detained by plainclothes agents. They took me, they questioned me for three or four hours, and then they let me go. My house was raided in front of my kids.

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Polk Awards Focus On War In Middle East

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The 2009 George Polk made history yesterday by announcing its first ever anonymous winners: the men and/or women who captured the footage of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan dying after being shot during the controversial reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. John Darnton of the Polk Awards called the video “an iconic image of the Iranian resistance.” Other winners of the highly-esteemed journalism award include David Rohde for his five-part New York Times series on being captured and held by the Taliban for seven months, and the Stars and Stripes trio of Charlie Reed, Kevin Baron and Leo Shane III for their piece on a secret Pentagon program meant to reward journalists who covered the war in a positive light.

Read More: Filmers of Iran Protest Death Win Polk Award in NY — New York Times, Files prove Pentagon is profiling reporters — Stars and Stripes

Previously: Kidnapped Journalist Rohde Answers Readers’ Questions