IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Ceremony Tonight in Los Angeles

The International Women’s Media Foundation is holding its annual Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony tonight at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Three women will be honored: Adela Navarro Bello, general director and columnist for Mexico’s Zeta news magazine; Parisa Hafezi, bureau chief for Reuters in Iran; and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director and webmaster of Thailand’s Prachatai online newspaper. BBC’s Kate Adie will also receive a lifetime achievement award.

NBC4 has a nice interview with Hafezi, who described her attempts to cover the aftermath of the shooting of a child protester named Neda Agha-Soltan.

We were banned from covering the protests. Three days after the election, we received a fax telling is that it’s better that we not cover those stories. But I had to go out. I went out. I was picked up by guards, riot police. They had electric batons. For a while, I couldn’t walk. But that is part of my job. I got arrested and detained by plainclothes agents. They took me, they questioned me for three or four hours, and then they let me go. My house was raided in front of my kids.

Premchaiporn, meanwhile, is facing 70 years in prison for hosting anti-government comments on her website. Not to mention Navarro Bello, who has been targeted by cartels for her coverage of the drug violence in Tijuana.

Courage indeed. Bravo to all the winners.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Legend Kate Adie Juggles Work with IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award