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Female journalists who have exhibited exceptional bravery in reporting from areas of conflict, oppression and instability were honored by The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) at its 27th annual Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony.
Honorees included founder and editor-in-chief of Peruvian independent paper El Búho (The Owl), Mabel Cáceres, who has been subject to numerous death threats and libel suits; Stella Paul, a freelance journalist in India focused on gender-based violence and sex trafficking, and Janine di Giovanni, Middle East editor at Newsweek and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, who has written about humanitarian issues and conflict in the Middle East.
Diane Rehm received IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her more than 40 years of reportage. The IWMF Leadership Honoree went to Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO of The Moby Group.
Presenters included Aja Naomi King (The Birth of a Nation), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot), Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces), Nelufar “Nel” Hedayat (The Traffickers) and Glamour editor in chief, Cindi Leive was the host. The evening included Hollywood stars such as Perrey Reeves (Entourage) Susan Kelechi Watson (This is Us), Zelda Williams (Dead of Summer), Kelly McCreary (Grey’s Anatomy) and others.
The International Women’s Media Foundation strengthens the role of women journalists worldwide. Since 1990, the IWMF programs and grants empower women journalists through proper training and support.
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