Kabul, Oct 24, 2013
International Women's Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Awardees honor Najiba Ayubi and two other women journalists in a ceremony in New York on October 23 for demonstrating extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances.
Najiba Ayubi, a leading independent voice in Afghan media, Nour Kelze, a photographer on the front lines of the Syrian revolution, and Bopha Phorn, who reports on land and environmental issues as well as human rights abuses in Cambodia. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award honors Edna Machirori, Zimbabwe’s first female newspaper editor.
Najiba Ayubi, 45, managing director for The Killid Group in Afghanistan. Ayubi has spent more than a decade working under anonymous threats and attacks from government entities for her reporting on politics and women’s rights. She leads a team of reporters working in print, broadcast and online media and has refused calls for censorship. IWMF said in press release.
International Women's Media Foundation also honored Nour Kelze, 25, photojournalist for Reuters in Syria, Bopha Phorn, 28, reporter for The Cambodia Daily in Cambodia and Bopha Phorn, 28, reporter for The Cambodia Daily in Cambodia.
Each year, the Courage in Journalism Awards honor three women journalists who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as government oppression, threats to personal safety and other intimidating obstacles.
78 journalists have been honored with Courage in Journalism Awards. Previous Award winners include Khadija Ismayilova, RFE/RL, Azerbaijan; Adela Navarro Bello, Zeta, Mexico; Tsering Woeser, blogger and writer, Tibet; Jill Carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, United States; May Chidiac, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Lebanon; and Anna Politkovskaya, Novaya Gazeta, Russia (d. 2006).