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“I never in a million years thought I would be standing up here on stage, after all the times I participated in this ceremony, appealing, really, for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.”
The ceremony was last night’s Committee to Protect Journalism’s 2016 International Press Freedom Awards, and the speaker was CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, accepting the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award, which, as the CPJ describes it, honors “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.”