The organization promotes press freedom and supports
imperiled journalists worldwide. So far this year, it has
documented 40 journalists killed and 70 forced into exile.
“I feel safe here, far from the bullets,” said Valdez
Cardenas in the hotel’s ballroom. Among the 900 guests were New
York Times managing editor Dean Baquet; New Yorker editor David Remnick; Michael Oreskes, a senior managing editor of the
Associated Press; Reuters editor-at-large Harold Evans; and
Slate Group Chairman Jacob Weisberg.
He said getting the story is “unglamorous, dirty, hard
The host of ABC News’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour”
served as emcee for part of the event. Dan Rather received the
Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in
defending press freedom.
Eynulla Fatullayev, an investigative reporter in Azerbaijan
who was in prison in 2009 when he received the International
Press Freedom Award, accepted belatedly. He was freed in May
with the CPJ’s support.
‘A Human Face’
Valdez Cadenas said he writes about organized crime out of
concern for the victims.
“I’m very sensitive, maybe romantic,” he said. “I don’t
just count bodies. I try to give a human face to the good guys
and the bad guys.”
Radina, who lives in Lithuania, continues to publish
stories about Belarus’s dictatorship.
“I am stubborn. My goal is for my country to be free. I
will not stop.”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the
arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions
expressed are her own.)
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