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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-11-08 12:52 AM
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World press prize goes to crusading Mexican
Source: Gulf-times

PARIS: Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro will be given the Unesco World Press Freedom Prize for her work exposing political corruption and organised crime, the UN cultural body said on Wednesday.
Through investigative journalism, she uncovered the involvement of businessmen, politicians and drug traffickers in prostitution and child pornography in Mexico, said Unesco in a statement announcing the award.
Her work continued in the face of death threats, an attempt on her life and legal battles, it added, noting that she had also been the victim of police harassment.
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, said Joe Thloloe, the president of the Unesco jury of journalists and editors. Lydia Cacho is such a laureate, he added in the statement.

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