CPJ's 2016 International Press Freedom Awards
New York, November 15, 2016--Four remarkable journalists who have navigated chilling media landscapes in Egypt, El Salvador, India, and Turkey will be honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2016 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes courageous journalism.
The awardees have faced great risk to cover the news, including being threatened by criminal gangs and politicians, and being forced to flee after harassment from police and activists. One awardee was shot at twice outside a courtroom in Turkey, where he stood trial on charges related to his work; another has spent more than three years behind bars for documenting the momentum of a revolution in Egypt.
CPJ will also present Christiane Amanpour, the award-winning chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for her extraordinary work in service of press freedom. Amanpour has frequently hosted persecuted journalists on her CNN show and seizes every opportunity to hold perpetrators of press freedom abuses to account.
The awards dinner is open for press coverage. Accreditation requests are accepted until noon on Monday, November 21.