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Russian Journalist Receives Peter Mackler Award

October 23, 2010

Russian Journalist Receives Peter Mackler Award (AFP)

WASHINGTON — Russian journalist Ilya Barabanov praised the dozens of colleagues who have lost their lives over the past decade as he accepted the Peter Mackler Award for courageous journalism.

“Today standing here at this podium I would like to call upon you to pay attention to all of these cases,” Barabanov, deputy editor of Novoye Vremya (New Times), said in an acceptance speech at the National Press Club.

“It is the reality of Russia now that independent media outlets are not able to feel safe,” he said. “But that’s not really news to any journalist working in countries with authoritarian regimes.” Read more…

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.