DATE & TIME: Friday, November
20, 1998, at 10 a.m.
EVENT: Briefing with CPJ
International Press Freedom Award Recipients
PLACE: National Press Club,
Holeman Lounge, 13th floor,
National Press Building, 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington,
Journalists Grémah Boucar, publisher
and owner and director of Radio Anfani, NigerŐs leading private
radio stations, and Gustavo Gorriti, an investigative reporter
exiled from Peru who is currently working for La Prensa
in Panama, will discuss the status of press freedom in their countries
and regions at a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington,
D.C., Friday, November 20, at 10 a.m. Two journalists who were
recently released from prison -- one from Nigeria and one from
Vietnam -- will also take part.
Ann K. Cooper, CPJŐs executive director, will moderate the discussion,
and CPJ regional program coordinators will also speak. The event
is co-sponsored by the Freedom of Information Committee of the
National Press Club.
Boucar and Gorriti are two of the five 1998 recipients of the
Committee to Protect JournalistsŐ International Press Freedom
Awards, which will be presented in New York on Tuesday, November
24. Boucar exemplifies AfricaŐs few truly independent radio broadcasters
in his refusal to allow government intimidation to drive him from
the airwaves. Gorriti, one of Latin AmericaŐs top investigative
reporters, is an uncompromising advocate for press freedom who
has survived abduction by armed commandos and continual legal
The other 1998 CPJ International Press Freedom Award recipients
are Goenawan Mohamad of Indonesia, chief editor of the newly reopened
Tempo magazine; Pavel Sheremet of Belarus, Minsk bureau
chief for ORT Russian Television and editor of Belarusskaya
Delovaya Gazeta; and Ruth Simon of Eritrea, a correspondent
for Agence France-Presse who has been imprisoned in Eritrea for
nearly two years for doing her job as an independent journalist.
The two formerly imprisoned journalists who will speak at the
briefing, both past winners of the CPJ International Press Freedom
Awards, are Doan Viet Hoat of Vietnam, a 1993 award recipient
who was freed early in September after eight years in prison,
and Chris Anyanwu of Nigeria, a 1997 award recipient who was released
in June after more than three years in prison.