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US award awaits outstanding journo or blogger

Thu 2012-Feb-2 @ MYT 12:20:53 pm

Nominate someone for Knight International Journalism Award

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Knight International Journalism Award, which recognises journalists who have taken bold steps to keep citizens informed despite great obstacles.

The Washington-based International Centre for Journalists, which administers the award, said: "We’re now seeking candidates who maintain the highest professional standards to make a significant impact on the lives of people in their countries. Nominees can be reporters, editors, media managers, citizen journalists or bloggers."

Candidates must be from and work in Africa, Asia, Central or Eastern Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.

The award has in the past recognised pioneering correspondents who have exposed government corruption, war crimes and other important stories, and crusading publishers determined to maintain their independence despite enormous political and financial pressures.

Winners will receive US$3,000, a trophy, and a trip to the United States where they will be honoured at an awards ceremony in November.

Last year’s winner of the award was Thet Sambath (photo, left), one of Cambodia’s best investigative reporters. As a child, Sambath lost his parents and brother to the genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. Sambath became an investigative reporter, regularly breaking stories of scandal and corruption, first at the Cambodian Daily and currently at the Phnom Penh Post. He spent a decade tracking down and winning the confidence of the Khmer Rouge’s No. 2 man, Nuon Chea, conducting scores of interviews. With a British filmmaker, he turned his reporting into the documentary Enemies of the People, short-listed for an Oscar this year, and a winner of the Sundance special jury prize, and 30 other prizes.

» More information | » Nomination form (Nominations close on 27 February 2012)

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