Thet Sambath on Cambodia’s Killing Fields

"I am honored to be here to accept this award from the International Center for Journalists. I would like to thank the Awards judges and Knight Foundation for giving me this honor. It is beyond my dreams or hopes. For more than 15 years, I have worked for English-language newspapers in Cambodia. My first job was to translate an interview for a story. At that time I did not even understand what a journalist really is." Read More

Rocío Idalia Gallegos Rodríguez and Sandra Rodríguez Nieto on Mexican Drug Violence

"Good evening. It is for us an incredible honor to be surrounded by so many distinguished colleagues, and to receive this recognition along with outstanding journalist and filmmaker Thet Sambath. Tonight, we want to say thank you to the International Center for Journalists, Knight Foundation and to all those who recognize the dangerous state of journalism in Mexico." Read more

Robert Redford Praises Cambodian Filmmaker’s Brave Journey

Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford called ICFJ honoree Thet Sambath’s documentary “a very personal journey back through an unspeakably terrible time of great moral and human consequence." Read more

The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta on the Future of Journalism

"Those you honor tonight put their lives on the line; I merely report on people who don’t carry guns. Which brings to mind the time a truly awesome man I don’t pretend to equal, Winston Churchill, encountered a young war hero. 'You feel very humble in my presence, don’t you?' Churchill said. 'Yes, sir,' the soldier said. 'Then perhaps you can imagine,' Churchill said, 'how humble and awkward I feel in yours.'" Read more

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Journalists who Shed Light on Dark Secrets

"I am delighted to be able to send greetings and to congratulate the awardees at tonight’s event. The International Center for Journalists plays a vital role in supporting the important work of journalists around the world. You remind us that access to information is the cornerstone of empowering people and communities across the globe, and that a free press is an absolutely essential element of successful democracies." Read more