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Independent photojournalist Masrat Zahra is the 2020 PMA winner for her work covering events in Kashmir. She was honored in a virtual ceremony organized by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City on Thursday September 24, 2020. Her work reporting on conflict in her home region, with a specific focus on the perspectives of women, has appeared in prominent news sources such as The Washington Post and Al Jazeera. She is a prolific user of Instagram. During the virtual ceremony, a panel of experts discussed the history of the Kashmir conflict and how it has disrupted daily life in the territory for decades. Masrat gave a moving account of her first professional photograph in the home of a young widow. Moderator: Farwa Aamer, Director, South Asia program at the EastWest Institute; Panelists: Deepti Misri, Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Mohamad Junaid, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at MCLA, Suchitra Vijayan, Founder and Executive Director of The Polis Project.


Paolo Borrometi is the 2019 recipient of the Peter Mackler Award for courageous and ethical journalism

Investigative journalist Paolo Borrometi, an expert on the Sicilian mafia, is the winner of the 2019 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. He was honored at a ceremony at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday September 25, 2019. Borrometi's coverage of the Sicilian mafia has made him the target of death threats and personal attacks, including assault. Nonetheless, he has continued to report on organized crime for the Italian broadcasting network TV2000; La Spia, the news website he created in 2013; and Articolo 21, an association he heads that supports freedom of expression. Following the award ceremony, a panel was held that addressed “The Danger of Reporting Hidden Truths.” Moderated by Bloomberg editor Ian Fisher, the panel also included Marshall Project editor Susan Chira, Committee to Protect Journalists advocacy director Courtney C. Radsch and current Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Andrew Rosati, who has reported for Bloomberg from Venezuela.


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. On January 15, 2019, Martinović was found guilty 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. 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 moderated by Marija Šajkaš was Tanya Domi, adjunct assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University; Alen Mlatišuma, internet managing [...]


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.


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