Remarks

Seymour Hersh delivers a candid acceptance speech, praising the work of international reporters who risk their lives to tell the truth.

Seymour Hersh: I was going to make fun. I had a lot of fun planned for Holbrooke, who I’ve known for forty years. Hillary Clinton once actually, I will tell this story, described Dick Holbrooke, this was during the campaign last year, as the only person in America who can be talking to my husband at a cocktail party and be looking behind him to see who else is there. But anyway, I wouldn’t have done too much because he lost his sense of humor years ago. If I had his job I would have too. Read more...


David Rohde, in his first public appearance since his capture, gives a moving keynote address where he details his account of what happened when he was captured by the Taliban.

David Rohde: I spent a great deal of time in the tribal areas with foreign militants and their views had shifted. They very much saw themselves as part of a global jihad; they very much saw themselves as working along side Al Qaeda in an effort to establish a hard line state that would span the Islamic world. And I want to add a very large caveat here; I was in Waziristan, which is arguably the most dangerous part of the tribal areas, full of the most hard line Islamist and militants. Read more...


Hillary Clinton congratulates ICFJ on 25 years

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: I am honored to join you in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Center for Journalists and the work of journalists you support in more than 170 countries worldwide. Too often the most grave injustices and most urgent humanitarian crisis happen out of sight. Well, tonight's award winners have helped to shine a spotlight on situations that demand action from all of us. Read More...


Chouchou Namegabe receives the 2009 Knight International Journalism Award from Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation.

Chouchou Namegabe: Thank you. I am truly honored to receive the Knight International Journalism Award. And I am happy to have my family with me here today to share this moment. This award gives journalists and human rights activists the courage to speak up because YOU are listening and paying attention. Today we say “NO!” we will not be silenced by the waves of violence. We say “NO MORE!” Read more...