International Press Freedom Award

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The International Press Freedom Award is awarded by the Committee to Protect Journalists.










  • Zeljko Kopanja, co-founder and editor of Nezavisne Novine, the largest independent Serb daily in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kopanja lost both his legs as a result of a car-bomb assassination attempt outside his home in Banja Luka in October, 1999. The attack was prompted by articles in Nezavisne Novine that documented the killings of Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serb authorities during the 1992-95 war. Read an interview with Zeljko Kopanja.
  • Modeste Mutinga, publisher of Le Potentiel, the only independent daily newspaper in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Mutinga has been repeatedly jailed for daring to publish, and refusing to reveal sources for, reports critical of President Laurent Kabila and his regime. Read an interview with Modeste Mutinga.
  • Steven Gan, editor of the provocative online publication Malaysiakini. Gan routinely tests the limits of his government's tolerance for press freedom by publishing articles on the Internet that could never appear in Malaysia's tightly controlled mainstream press. Read an interview with Steven Gan. Steven Gan is also featured in a special PBS Online NewsHour web interview.
  • Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, reformist editor of several now-banned Iranian dailies. Shamsolvaezin was jailed in April after being sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for allegedly insulting Islamic principles in an article that criticized capital punishment in Iran. [Read the article] He is currently serving his term in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.
  • CPJ also honored Otis Chandler




"Jesus Abad Colorado of Colombia, Jamal Amer of Yemen, and Madi Ceesay of the Gambia have risked their lives to report the news, withstanding attacks, harassment, and imprisonment. CPJ will posthumously honor Atwar Bahjat, correspondent for Al-Arabiya satellite television and former reporter for Al-Jazeera, who was gunned down while covering a bombing near Samarra in February." [3]


"The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will honor four journalists at the 2007 International Press Freedom Awards. Dmitry Muratov from Russia, Mazhar Abbas from Pakistan, Gao Qinrong from China, and Adela Navarro Bello from Mexico will be awarded at a ceremony in New York City in November." [1]

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  1. Committee to Protect Journalists honors four international journalists, International Journalists Network, accessed October 4, 2007.