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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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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Legend Kate Adie Juggles Work with IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award

Since flying into Los Angeles earlier this week, famed BBC foreign correspondent Kate Adie has been busy. On Thursday, the 66-year-old journalist was commenting for BBC radio and other international outlets about the capture and killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Today, from the BBC’s LA offices, she will tape the latest edition of her twice-weekly Radio 4 program From Our Own Correspondent.

That show incidentally has been on the air continuously since 1950. Adie took over hosting duties about eleven years ago and for her incredibly storied, globetrotting reporting career, she will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from DC’s International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) at a ceremony in Los Angeles October 24 and again in New York on October 27. If anyone deserves to twice be honored by the same organization for “Courage in Journalism,” it is Adie.

“I’ve lost count of the times I have been in so-called danger,” Adie tells FishbowlLA via telephone from LA. “Over nearly 30 years, I have found that each place has its own dangers and risks. To me, I didn’t ever rate ‘my danger.’ It’s just one of the elements you might encounter, and I have never sought out a dangerous life.”

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