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Peter Mackler Award Winner to Speak at Columbia School of Journalism

October 19, 2010

Ilya Barabanov, 25, winner of the 2010 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, will speak at a Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on Monday October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM. Details of the event can be found on the school’s website. The event is open to the public, RSVP is requested.

Barabanov was named this year’s winner of the Peter Mackler Award on August 22, 2010 and will be formally awarded at a ceremony October 22, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Barabanov joined The New Times in January 2007 as a political correspondent and investigative journalist. He is currently the deputy and political editor for the weekly magazine. Barabanov has also authored several investigative pieces on corruption and other questionable practices within Russian government agencies. As a result, Barabanov has been the target of attempted extortion plots.

In April, 2010, Barabanov contributed to a story alleging corrupt practices and forced labor of migrant workers within OMON, an elite police force. The story, “The Slaves of OMON,” created a scandal within the Moscow police force and prompted a libel suit against The New Times. To date, two attempted searches have been conducted in The New Times’ editorial offices in a bid to identify the article’s sources. The second search, a raid by hooded men carrying weapons, came on September 2, 2010. Barabanov has denounced the raids as illegal.

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