Friday, April 11, 2008

World Press Freedom Prize awarded to Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

2008 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded to Mexican reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, the recipient of this year's UNESCO Press Freedom Award, is a freelance reporter based in Cancun, Mexico. Joe Thloloe, President of the jury of 14 professional journalists and editors from all over the world, and Press Ombudsman of the Press Council of South Africa, explained the choice of this year’s laureate:
“Members of the jury were impressed by the courage of Lydia Cacho Ribeiro as she continues to expose political corruption, organized crime and domestic violence in the face of death threats, an attempt on her life and legal battles. For me, a journalist who knows the antagonistic environment in which he or she operates and continues to do the right thing by keeping readers, listeners or viewers informed about their society deserves recognition for their contribution to freedom of expression around the world. Lydia Cacho is such a laureate.”

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