The IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who have shown extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under dangerous or difficult circumstances. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist who has a pioneering spirit and whose determination has paved the way for women in the news media. This year's awardees are Farida Nekzad, Sevgul Uludag and Edith Ederer for lifetime Achievement.
Farida Nekzad, 31, is the managing editor and deputy director of Pajhwok Afghan News and vice president of the South Asia Media Commission. Despite working under tremendous pressure at a time when women journalists in particular are being threatened for their reporting in Afghanistan, Nekzad is committed to staying in her country to work toward a free press and greater equality for women journalists.
Sevgul Uludag, 49, is an investigative reporter for Yeniduzen newspaper in Cyprus. Uludag has been a journalist for nearly three decades. In 2002, she began writing about missing people and mass graves in Cyprus. Her reporting started a public debate about the issue of missing people and mass graves and led to official searches and exhumations. Uludag lives in the northern part of divided Cyprus but through her reporting attempts to ease the segregation between the Greek and Turkish communities.
Lifetime Achievement Award was granted to Edith Lederer, 65, chief correspondent at the United Nations for the Associated Press. She has worked on every continent except Antarctica covering wars, famines, nuclear issues and political upheavals. Lederer was the first female resident correspondent in Vietnam in 1972.
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