Journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen were honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks such as imprisonment, threats, and exile. — Committee to Protect Journalists
Thai reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, faces sedition charges for his critical reporting on Thailand’s junta.
Ahmed Abba, a Cameroon correspondent for Radio France Internationale, has been imprisoned since 2015 on terrorism charges for his reporting.
Patricia Mayorga, a correspondent for Mexico’s Prosecoand founder of the Free Journalism Network, was forced to flee Chihuahua state by death threats for her reporting on corruption and human rights.
Afrah Nasser is an independent Yemeni blogger living in exile in Sweden.
Click on the blue names above to be inspired.
“We need the U.S. to be a beacon — a defender, not a destroyer, of First Amendment values everywhere. [These] brave journalists…have paid dearly…to report the news,” said CNN’s Christiane Amanpour (photo above in red outfit).
This past year brought endless attacks on the news media. We now live in a global environment in which reporters are routinely harassed, intimidated, and dismissed as purveyors of “fake news.” There is fake news, of course, driven by propaganda interests and bald political and economic agendas. Fighting that tide and producing quality journalism will require a generation of devoted younger journalists with vision, skill and a profound sense of ethics. That’s what Round Earth Media is all about. We are all so grateful for your friendship and support.
May the new year bring peace and freedom.
With warm regards,
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