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Peter Mackler Award Announces Catalina Botero Marino as Key Note Speaker for 2011 Award Ceremony

October 5, 2011

NEW YORK, October 5, 2011 – The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism announced today that Catalina Botero Marino will be the key note speaker at this year’s ceremony honoring Karla Rivas of Radio Progreso (Honduras). The ceremony will take place October 20, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights elected Colombian attorney Catalina Botero Marino as Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in July 2008.

Before assuming the position of Special Rapporteur, Dr. Botero Marino worked as an Auxiliary Magistrate at the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Previously she held a number of posts, including: adviser to the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Nation of Colombia; National Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights in the Office of the Ombudsman of Colombia, Director of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the non-governmental organization Fundación Social, and professor and researcher at the law school of the Universidad de los Andes and other universities in Colombia and abroad. She is the author of several books and essays published in various countries on freedom of expression, constitutional law, international criminal law and transitional justice.

She received her law degree in 1988 from the Universidad de los Andes and completed postgraduate studies there, as well as in Madrid, Spain, at Universidad Complutense, Universidad Carlos III, and the Center for Constitutional Studies.

The Peter Mackler award rewards journalists who fight courageously and ethically to report the news in countries where freedom of the press is either not guaranteed or not recognized. The Award is administered jointly by Global Media Forum and Reporters Without Borders. The Award ceremony will take place on October 20, 2011 at 6PM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, 529 14th St. N.W, 13th Fl.; Washington, DC 20045. The ceremony will be followed by a networking hour. There will be a silent auction.

Camille J. Mackler
Project Director, Peter Mackler Award
Global Media Forum
Tel: +1-917-655-3548

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