Secretary Clinton Salutes ICFJ Award Winners for Shedding Light on Hidden Issues

Nov 12011
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said 2011 ICFJ Award winners shed light on issues that were once hidden in the shadows.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised ICFJ’s award winners for their “unwavering commitment to their profession.” She said that “through their work, (the honorees) have helped shed light on issues that were once hidden in the shadows.”

“Whether exposing drug trafficking and corruption in Mexico, documenting the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, or years of distinguished reporting, from war zones to Washington, you are examples of true excellence in your profession,” she said in a special videotaped address.

Clinton also said the power of journalism “to inform, provoke and catalyze positive change is as essential as ever.” Her remarks were heard by an audience of 600 media leaders and ICFJ supporters at the annual ICFJ Awards Dinner.

She was honoring three distinguished journalists: Cambodian documentary filmmaker Thet Sambath; Mexican investigative reporters Rocío Idalia Gallegos Rodríguez and Sandra Rodríguez Nieto; and Christiane Amanpour, host of ABC’s Sunday morning talk show “This Week.”