• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilian Amazon Journalist Gets Press Freedom Award

Brazilian journalist Lúcio Flávio Pinto from Belém, Pará state Brazilian journalist Lúcio Flávio Pinto from Belém, Pará state

Brazilian journalist Lúcio Flávio Pinto from Belém, Pará stateThe Committee to Protect Journalists has named three journalists and a media lawyer as recipients of this year’s Press Freedom Awards. The New York-based group says Lúcio Flávio Pinto, who publishes and edits the Brazilian bimonthly newspaper Jornal Pessoal, won for courageous reporting on drug trafficking, environmental devastation and corruption in Brazil’s remote Amazon jungle.

Pinto, who is also a sociologist, worked as a guest professor at University of Florida at Gainesville and Pará’s (northern Brazil) Universidade Federal. He is the author of seven books and contributing writer in several other works. The journalist is an expert in environment and land violence in the Amazon.

Reporter Galima Bukharbaeva of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting won the award for risking her life to cover the brutal Uzbek government crackdown on protesters in the city of Andijan last May. The committee says Ms. Bukharbaeva is now in exile in the United States and faces criminal prosecution in Uzbekistan for her reporting.

Imprisoned Chinese journalist Shi Tao won the award for his essays on political reform. Mr. Shi’s work as a freelance journalist and editor with a Chinese business newspaper, Dangdai Shang Bao, earned him a 10-year prison sentence for allegedly leaking state secrets, but drew attention to Internet censorship in China.

And Zimbabwe media lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa won for what the committee called her tireless defense of press freedoms in a highly restrictive media environment.

The press freedom organization says the four endured beatings, jail and intimidation for their work.

The committee will also honor the late ABC news anchor Peter Jennings with a lifetime achievement award.

VOA

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

The Economist Decides to Teach Brazil and Lula a Few Lessons

Recently, capitalism ‘bible’ The Economist, published in London since September 1843, decided to give ...

Brazil Publishes List of 222 Products for Retaliation Against the US

The Brazilian government is getting ready to retaliate against the United States for the ...

Murder of Dozens of Brazilian Indians in 2009 Reveals State’s Failure

Sixty murders, nineteen suicides, sixteen cases of attempted murder, and the list goes on. ...

Argentineans protest against Uruguayan pulp plant

After Two Years Brazil Gets Involved in Argentina-Uruguay Mill Dispute

Brazil expressed complacence on Monday at the resumption of dialogue between Argentina and Uruguay ...

Brazil’s Long Search for a Friendlier, Tastier Soy

Soy has left its position as a simple raw material for oil to reach ...

Less than a Quarter of Brazilians Have Internet Access

According to Ibope/NetRatings statistics for the year 2008 published in the business daily Valor, ...

Brazil’s Gem Industry Doesn’t Need the US Anymore to Certify Its Stones

Brazil’s gem, real and costume jewelry industry has had an important technological boost as ...

Condoms for All: Brazil to Give Away 1 Billion of Them

Brazil’s Ministry of Health will buy around one billion condoms for free distribution in ...

Arabs Are Already Buying Over 50% of Brazil’s Beef Exports

The Brazilian Beef Industry and Exporters Association (Abiec) offered, last Wednesday, June 8, a ...

Brazil’s Development Bank Lends 11% More than Last Year

Brazil's BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank) announced last Thursday (July 9) that it cleared 43 ...