The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will award top honors this year to CNN host Fareed Zakaria and two intrepid founders of investigative news sites in Egypt and Russia, countries with harsh controls on the press.
Facing a barrage of legal attacks, renowned journalist and digital news pioneer Maria Ressa says the Philippines is on the verge of experiencing the death of democracy by “a thousand cuts.” In an online event co-hosted by ICFJ and FRONTLINE, she said her country, once known for its vibrant news media, is now teetering on the brink of a “precipice.”
Maria Ressa, an outspoken champion of press freedom, was convicted today in acase that is widely seen as a crackdown on independent journalism in the Philippines.
“This is a miscarriage of justice," said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “Maria is facing a bevy of charges designed to silence her and Rappler. If journalists are convicted for exposing corruption, democracy itself is at stake. ICFJ condemns Maria's conviction and calls for all other charges against her to be dropped.”
Claire Wardle, a leading expert on social media and how it is used to spread disinformation around the world, says Americans can better prepare themselves for the 2020 elections by learning from the experiences of other countries.
Thet Sambath, winner of the 2011 Knight International Journalism Award, was honored Monday with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism (Long Form) for “Enemies of the People,” the documentary film he co-produced and directed. The film uncovers the truth behind massacres ordered by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s that claimed more than a million lives.
I helped journalists use satellites to track environmental destruction in the Amazon.