The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is recognizing four outstanding woman journalists as winners of its annual Courage in Journalism Awards. Honorees include Mabel Cáceres, founder and editor-in-chief of El Búho, an independent magazine in Peru; Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor at Newsweek and contributing editor at Vanity Fair; and Stella Paul, a freelance journalist in India. Diane Rehm, long-time host of the public radio show that bears her name, will receive IWMF’s respected Lifetime Achievement Award.
“These courageous journalists have faced seemingly insurmountable security threats and personal challenges in reporting on global issues and often, their impact on women,” IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz said. “It is an honor to celebrate their commitment to press freedom and their service to other women in their industry with our annual Courage Awards.” Winners were announced last night at a private ceremony held at Hearst Tower in New York City.
Now in its 27th year, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards celebrate women journalists who set themselves apart through extraordinary bravery. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors one woman who has set new standards for journalists and encourages future generations of reporters to find their voices. Winners join IWMF’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honorees, announced earlier this month, in demonstrating the uncommon capacity, perseverance, and empathy women journalists bring to their craft – and the barriers they must overcome along the way.
Courage in Journalism Award Winners
Janine di Giovanni | USA
Middle East Editor of Newsweek and contributing editor of Vanity Fair
Janine di Giovanni began reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters 25 years ago as a freelancer working in Gaza and the West Bank. She reports by engaging local citizens and often by working independently, without support from a major news organization. Based in Paris, she focuses on women’s rights, child soldiers, HIV/AIDS, war crimes, honor crimes, illegal detention, refugees, and crimes against humanity.
Read more about the award