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RFE/RL Reporter Among 'Courage' Prize Winners


RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service correspondent Khadija Ismayilova
Women from Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Palestine have been awarded “Courage in Journalism” prizes at a ceremony in New York.

The four were honored on October 24 by the International Women’s Media Foundation, which describes itself as “dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide.”

RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service correspondent Khadija Ismayilova was honored for her continued reporting on corruption and malfeasance in Azerbaijan’s government, despite becoming the target of a smear campaign this year that sought to humiliate and silence her.

Also honored were imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu and Palestinian writer Asmaa al-Ghoul, who has faced militant threats and torture.

Veteran reporter Zubeida Mustafa, 70, was given a Lifetime Achievement honor for being the first woman to work in Pakistani mainstream media and for enacting policies in support of female journalists.
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