Secretary Clinton Praises Journalists for Tackling “Dangerous, Difficult Work”

Nov 132012

In a special tribute video for the International Center for Journalists’ Awards dinner, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton saluted journalists around the globe who risk their lives “to build a world that is more free and more fair.”

ICFJ’s dinner honors journalists and media innovators for their high-impact work. Among the 2012 honorees are an Afghan broadcaster who has tackled the subject of domestic violence and a Kenyan radio reporter who has boldly covered the Somali pirates.

Journalists, she said, “ask the tough questions. You travel to the most remote places. You put your lives on the line each and every day. But you tell the stories that need to be told and shed light on issues that cannot afford to be hidden in the shadows.”

Clinton also thanked reporters who “expose corruption and highlight issues that are critical to our common future, from election transparency in the Balkans to human trafficking in Asia. This can be difficult, dangerous work.”

“As Secretary of State, I appreciate the role of the media in keeping government officials accountable,” she said. “I commend the work of the International Center for Journalists for promoting quality journalism around the world.”