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Jovo Martinović, the winner of the 2018 Peter Mackler award, Jovo Martinović at a private event in Podgorica, Montenegro, on May 27. Photo: Aleksandar Mrdak

Jovo Martinović, the winner of the 2018 Peter Mackler award, is a veteran freelance investigative journalist in Montenegro. Known for his extensive reporting on organized crime in Europe and war criminals in the Balkans, he has worked for such international outlets as NPR, BBC, The Financial Times, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and many others. In 2015, Martinović was arrested then released on charges of participation in a criminal organization. The charges were filed in the wake of Martinović’s investigations into drug trafficking, weapons smuggling and other criminal activity. Released early in 2017, he is still facing trial – and up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Jovo Martinović was honored on September 27th at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York. A panel of reporters discussed his work, the state of press freedom in the Balkans and trends in global investigative journalism. Martinović, not allowed to leave the country by the courts, joined in via Skype. On the panel was Tanya Domi, adjunct assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University; Alen Mlatišuma, internet managing editor for Voice of America's Eurasia division [...]


Marcos Vizcarra, 29, reports for Noroeste whose founder, Javier Valdez, was assassinated in broad daylight last May.

Marcos Vizcarra, the 2017 winner of the Peter Mackler Award, is a journalist for the publication Noroeste in his native Sinaloa region of Mexico, which is widely viewed as one of the most dangerous places in the world to practice journalism. After the brutal, daylight murder of his colleague, Noroeste founder Javier Valdez, in the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mr. Vizcarra, 29, publicy called on the government to investigate and prosecute the killers. To date, no arrest has been made and Mr. Vizcarra’s repeated reporting and public denunciation of the government’s inaction, at great risk to himself, have made him an example for other journalists in the region to follow. He was awarded the 2017 Peter Mackler Award on October 26, 2017 at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. During a powerful and emotional speech , Vizcarra named the eleven Mexican journalists killed this year trying to report in the face of rampant corruption and violence.


Eloge Willy Kaneza receives the 2016 PM award on Oct. 13, 2016 in Washington DC. Photo: Thomas Hammond

Eloge Willy Kaneza is an intrepid radio reporter from Burundi who, despite the increased violence, continues to report on his country for Burundians and the outside world. “Not only does Eloge Kaneza embody the journalistic values the Peter Mackler Award seeks to honor, he and his colleagues have also found creative ways to push back on repression using online technologies,” said PMA Project Director Camille Mackler. Eloge Kaneza, who stayed home in Bujumbura after the failed 2015 coup, became the only public face and the essential local link for the online news network SOS Media Burundi. The network publishes local, verified information via Face Book and Twitter as well as on the music sharing site SoundCloud. The Award ceremony was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC on October 13th, and was followed by a panel discussion: Today's front lines: From pen and camera to iPhone and WhatsApp. Panelists were Malachy Browne (Senior Producer New York Times video,) Eloge Kaneza (2016 Peter Mackler award recipient,) and Scott Stearns (Managing editor of the Africa division at Voice of America,) with Louise Roug (contributing editor, Politico Europe) moderating.


Zaina Erhaim is the 2015 Peter Mackler Award winner. Ms Erhaim is a 30-year old Syrian journalist who lives and works in Aleppo, Syria. Over the last two years inside Syria, she has trained about 100 citizen reporters, approximately a third of them women, in print and TV journalism, and has helped establish many of the new emerging independent newspapers and magazines in the war torn country. “Zaina Erhaim is a force multiplier of journalistic values in a country torn by violence and irrationality,” said Camille Mackler. “We salute her courage, upholding professional ethics and bringing them to the service of those left to write history.” The Award ceremony was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC and was followed by a panel discussion on Syria, war reporting and the role of citizen journalists with McClatchy Newspapers' Hannah Allam, BuzzFeed News’ Miriam Elder, and Mashable’s Louise Roug.


Asma Shirazi is the 2014 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Ms Shirazi is the host of an authoritative talk show on Pakistan’s Dawn News Television. Shirazi was Pakistan’s first female war correspondent. Undeterred by threats and personal risk, she has demonstrated courage, professionalism and dedication in the search for the truth. In her acceptance speech at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Shirazi spoke out against “brutality” against reporters in her country as she expressed hope for greater freedom for the news media. The Washington Post's Pamela Constable, in her keynote address, highlighted "It’s not easy to be a woman in Pakistan, or a journalist who is committed to seeking, speaking or writing the truth. It is especially hard to be both."


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