Wednesday, November 18, 2009

RSF, Reporters Without Borders, created the Peter Mackler Award in 2008

"About the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism

The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in June, 2008 to honor the memory of Peter Mackler, a Brooklyn-born thirty-five year veteran journalist who championed ethical journalism, freedom of expression, and who helped transform the news agency Agence France Press (AFP) into the international competitor it is today. Mackler also founded Global Media Forum, which has helped train journalists and non-profit organizations to use the media as a tool for social change, and Project Plato, which teaches journalism as a life skill to teenagers.

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 ceremony will take place on October 2, 2009 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."

This year winner was:

"Published on 31 August 2009

Global Media Forum and the US branch of Reporters Without Borders are pleased to announce that respected Sri Lankan journalist and editor J. S. Tissainayagam has been selected as the first winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Tissainayagam will be formally awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 2, 2009. The key note speaker for the ceremony will be Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of the Washington Post."

RSF, Report Without Borders, do a great work and I am a supporter of their work and by singing their petitions.
I just wanted that there was an organization that could fight for ethical journalism in countries where reporters are not murdered, tortured or suffer mental and physical abuse but are not employed if they do not report what he/she is told to report and those who are ethical have to work in an independent way without any recognition.
We know the power of journalism and how important it is to have the right information.
Congratulations RFS! Keep going.
Thanks to independent journalists that work at home as in exile in their own countries.

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