2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards : three winners selected and special prize honors Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily in Hong Kong

first_img Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go further RSF_en The 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards Ceremony, which took place on 8th December in Taipei, has awarded Russian journalist Elena Milashina with the Prize for Courage, Afghan radio station Merman with the Prize for Impact, and Egyptian chief editor Lina Attalah with the Prize for Independence. A special prize was also bestowed on Hong Kong’s Apple Daily founder, Jimmy Lai. The Prize for Independence aims to award journalists, media or NGOs who have resisted financial, political, economic or religious pressure in a remarkable way. This year, it went to Lina Attalah, the editor and co-founder of the online newspaper Mada Masr, one of the few independent news outlets in Egypt. Attalah has been subjected to police raids and questioning as a result of investigations and interviews. Access to the Mada Masr site within Egypt has been blocked by the authorities for the past three years.“The RSF Press Freedom Awards laureates exemplify ideals of journalism as we see it” said Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General. “High standards, courage, impact, and independence, all while respecting journalism ethics, are among the criteria of these awards. But beyond the recognition of the work of the laureates, the RSF Awards also intend to support all of the nominees, their work and highlight the risks they frequently must take to inform the public.”“In RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan consistently ranks among the top in the Asian region and presents the best alternative model to the Chinese authoritarian system,” states Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia Bureau head. The jury for this 28th edition, headed by RSF President Pierre Haski, consisted of eminent journalists and freedom of expression defenders from all over the world: Rana Ayyub, an Indian journalist and Washington Post opinion columnist;  Raphaëlle Bacqué, a leading French reporter for Le Monde; Mazen Darwish, a Syrian lawyer and president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression; Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist and communication manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting; Erick Kabendera, a Tanzanian investigative reporter; Hamid Mir, a Pakistani reporter, columnist and author; Frederik Obermaier, a German investigative journalist with Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper; and Mikhail Zygar, a Russian journalist and founding editor-in-chief of Dozhd, Russia’s only independent TV news channel. June 9, 2021 Find out more The Prize for Courage aims to award journalists, media or NGOs who demonstrate courage in the practice, defence or promotion of journalism. This year, it was awarded to Russian investigative reporter Elena Milashina who works for the Moscow tri-weekly Novaya Gazeta. Milashina specialises in covering Chechnya and is often the target of physical attacks, death threats and censorship. She uncompromisingly continues to write articles about the most sensitive subjects in Chechnya, an autonomous republic ruled with the iron fist of Ramzan Kadyrov. Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 2.29 MB News News Considering the sharp decline in press freedom in Hong Kong due to pressure from the Chinese regime, the jury wished to provide particular support to Jimmy Lai, founder of one of the few Hong Kong media which still dares to openly criticise the Chinese regime and which widely covered last year’s pro-democracy protests. The award was received by his son, Sebastian Lai, as his father, accused of “fraud”, was arrested again last week and is in detention in Hong Kong. December 7, 2020 – Updated on December 8, 2020 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards : three winners selected and special prize honors Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily in Hong Kong center_img Help by sharing this information News Читать на русском / Read in RussianFor its 28th edition after London in 2018 and Berlin in 2019, the 2020 Press Freedom Awards ceremony was hosted on 8th December at the National Central Library in Taipei, Taiwan. During the ceremony, which was broadcasted live on social media, two journalists and a radio station were awarded. The jury also bestowed a special prize on Jimmy Lai, the founder of Apple Daily. June 8, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 EgyptAfghanistanRussiaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Events RSF Prize WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation EgyptAfghanistanRussiaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Events RSF Prize News The Prize for Impact aims to award journalists, media or NGOs who contributed to evident improvements in journalistic freedom, independence and pluralism, or to an increase in awareness of these matters. This year, it was awarded to Afghan radio station Merman, the first to broadcast in Kandahar with the mission of promoting the cause of women (“merman” in Pashtu) in Afghanistan. The team of 15 women also provides journalism training for women and carries out its activities despite threats from the Taliban, warnings from security services and attacks on its journalists. 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IRA membership trial halted over alleged garda telephone recordings

first_imgNewsIRA membership trial halted over alleged garda telephone recordingsBy Staff Reporter – March 26, 2014 1107 WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] Limerick men charged with the alleged membership of an illegal organisation, namely the IRA, have had their trial halted at the Special Criminal Court amid the latest development in the Garda phone recording saga. Following an application for disclosure made before the three judge non jury court, the trial of Thomas McMahon, 32, with an address at Ros Fearna, Murroe and Noel Noonan, 35, of North Claughaun Road, Garryowen was halted as evidence was due outlining that both are alleged members of the IRA, On February 7, 2013, both men were arrested in County Tipperary during an operation where Gardai were investigating dissident republicans.The legal teams for both accused men asked the court for disclosure from An Garda Siochana as to whether or not conversations their clients had with lawyers were recorded. Defence counsels, Isobel Kennedy SC and Anthony Sammon SC, outlined that the accused men had phone conversations with solicitors before garda interviews. Tara Burns SC, prosecution counsel for the State said that Gardai knew nothing, at the time, about what has since emerged. The matter was adjourned until later this week for clarification on whether or not recordings were made. Linkedin Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebookcenter_img Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSdissident republicansIRAMusic LimerickSpecial Criminal Court Previous articleSpecialist garda unit needed to tackle gun crimeNext articleApology too late as Collins calls for Shatter to step down Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more