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AFP Announces First Winner of Peter Mackler Scholarship

August 10, 2009

Agence France Press (AFP) has announced Charlotte Turner of Cardiff University as the first winner of the AFP-Peter Mackler Scholarship. The program, the only current English-language scholarship offered by AFP, was created in honor of Peter Mackler who died suddenly on June 20, 2009. Mackler spent the majority of his career as a journalist working for AFP and was serving as the North Americas chief editor at the time of his death. Mackler is largely credited with having built AFP’s English language service and transforming the news agency into a large-market competitor.

The AFP-Peter Mackler Scholarship is not affilated with the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, which is managed by Global Media Forum and the US branch of Reporters Without Borders. The Peter Mackler Award seeks to recognize the contributions made and risks taken by journalists working in countries where freedom of the press is either not recognized or not guarantied. The first winner of the Peter Mackler Award will be announced August 22, 2009. Please check back on this blog or on our website for more details on the winner and the award ceremony.

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