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The IWMF seeks Nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2014

washingtonWashington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2014. Awardees will be honored at ceremonies in New York on October 22nd and Los Angeles on October 29th.The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.We also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. Lifetime Achievement Award winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference.The IWMF has established an emergency fund for women journalists to support the urgent needs of our awardees and others with everything from medical assistance to emergency relocation for journalists or her loved ones. We have organized pro-bono legal assistance for asylum requests as well as temporary housing and financial aid. For a full history of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, visit review nomination requirements and criteria, and to submit a nomination, go to for the 2014 Awards must be submitted by February 14, 2014.

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Call for Nominations – 2012 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2012

Washington Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the Courage in Journalism Awards honor three women journalists who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as government oppression, threats to personal safety and other intimidating obstacles.The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist who has a pioneering spirit and whose determination has paved the way for future generations of women in the media.Previous Courage in Journalism Award winners include Adela Navarro Bello, Zeta, Mexico; Tsering Woeser, blogger and writer, Tibet; Jill Carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, United States; May Chidiac, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Lebanon; Anna Politkovskaya, Novaya Gazeta, Russia (d. 2006); Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press, Germany and Shahla Sherkat, Zanan, Iran.Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Kate Adie, BBC News, Untied Kingdom; Molly Ivins, syndicated columnist, United States; Barbara Walters, ABC News, United States and Magdalena Ruiz, Radio Mitre, Argentina.Nominations for the 2012 awards will be accepted by the IWMF until March 2, 2012.
Candidates for the Courage in Journalism Awards can be full-time, part-time or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country. Digital news media candidates are accepted. Lifetime Achievement Award candidates can be either working or retired journalists. All nominations must be in English, and all nomination forms for both the Courage in Journalism Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award must be completed by an associate of the nominee. Self-nominations are not accepted.For further information about the awards and to learn how to nominate a journalist, visit the IWMF website at
Founded in 1990, the mission of the International Women’s Media Foundation is to strengthen the role of women in the news media worldwide. The IWMF network includes women and men in the media in more than 130 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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“Hear Freedom Ring”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 dicembre 2011

La Jolla, California Rainband Records with great pride and passion announces the much anticipated release of its dynamic new single “Hear Freedom Ring”. This riveting song is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CD Baby, and many other online music stores. This is a revolutionary song which transcends cultural boundaries and incorporates lyrics in such international languages as Farsi and Arabic! “Hear Freedom Ring” is an anthem not only for a world-wide revolution, but a distinctly Middle Eastern movement. It is a powerful melody that bespeaks to the victims and survivors of tyranny and uses music as a powerful instrument for social change in the Arab World. It actively promotes peace in chaotic mid-east countries desperately seeking transformation from dictatorship. Above all, this song was created to empower and uplift people and cultures that are denied real freedom. Created as a response to the horrific injustices witnessed in recent uprisings in the Near East, this song captivates its listeners with remarkably honest and soulful lyrics. It is sure to become a break-out hit all over the globe, with its melodic and skilled musicianship. This song could become a voice for our generation and an agent for international unity; inciting important political changes worldwide, exposing social injustices, and relying on technology (the internet) to transform cultural connections and interactions. This release also serves as a re-launch for the Rainband Records label, promoting an innovative 21st century approach to running a record and music publishing company. When Jim Stajdel started his label in 1996, downloads, MP3 files, Ipods, Itunes, and Facebook were nonexistent. Now, with the music industry undergoing its biggest technological transformation in history, Mr. Stajdel is seizing this perfect opportunity to utilize music in reuniting the world in its search for justice and freedom. Watch the Song on Youtube : “Hope has two beautiful daughters: Courage and Anger. Anger at the way things are and courage to make them the way they ought to be.”

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Courage in Journalism Awards at ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 ottobre 2011

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Three brave journalists who refused to stop reporting the news despite repeated threats and violence have been honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation with 2011 Courage in Journalism Awards at ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.“In my country, it’s possible to kill a reporter and nothing will happen to you – no one will track you down or arrest you or accuse you. And you will never be sentenced for your crime,” Courage in Journalism Award winner Adela Navarro Bello, general director of Mexico’s Zeta newsmagazine, said.Ninety-five percent of cases in Mexico where journalists were murdered, threatened or disappeared remain unsolved, Navarro Bello said. In the past five years, 68 journalists have been killed and 12 are still missing.“Society ends up witnessing two challenges that jeopardize a free press: self-censorship by reporters and superficial coverage of the drug trade. Journalists have become deaf, mute and blind because they have become convinced this is the only way to survive,” Navarro Bello said.Courage in Journalism Award winner Parisa Hafezi, Tehran bureau chief for Reuters, has endured raids on her home and office and beatings for her critical reporting. “There have been nights when I have sat there with my bag ready waiting to go to jail after writing a critical story,” Hafezi said, adding that her two daughters continue to have nightmares after the raid of her home. “Journalism is not a job to me — it is my life.… Many times I feared, cried in secret and trembled, but I did not give up and will never give up. I will maintain a firm facade under all circumstances no matter what,” Hafezi said. A third Courage in Journalism Award winner, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, could face up to 20 years in prison in Thailand for allowing 10 strangers to post anti-royal comments on her independent news website, Prachatai. After Thailand’s disastrous floods, her court case was postponed until February.

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The courage of growing alongside the last

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 ottobre 2011

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Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), 11-14 October 2011 For the first time, about one hundred Catholics from all over the country will gather in the capital of the Republic of Moldova to discuss the Catholic Church’s contribution to Moldovan society. The courage of growing alongside the last is the unique theme given to the first celebration of the Social Week realised by the small (only one diocese in the whole of the country) but very active Moldovan Catholic Church. “We chose this title because it mirrors our position as a minority Church in the country, but also and especially because we feel the vocation of our Church is that of growing along with those who have nothing, those who feel excluded from society, those who have been deprived of their dignity and humanity” – stated Mgr Anton Cosa, Bishop of Chisinau. He went on to say “Being alongside and for the last does not, however, exempt us from contributing to the growth of Moldovan society, rather it is necessary that, as well as the material and spiritual help which we try to bring to everyone, and especially to the poorest, there should also grow in the Moldovan Church that social diakonia which will enable all our faithful to feel themselves responsible and protagonists in building the common good of the whole nation”.
The meeting, which will begin on Tuesday 11 October with welcomes from Mgr Cosa, from representatives of the government and other Christian denominations in the country, has been organised around three daily themes: the social commitment of Catholics in Moldova (Tuesday 11); poverty and the poor (Wednesday 12) and the commitment of the laity in the economy and social issues (Thursday 13). The theme of each working day will be introduced by representatives from other Social Weeks in Europe, thereby testifying to the link with other similar experiences of European Catholicism: Mgr Arrigo Miglio, Bishop of Ivrea and President of the Social Weeks in Italy; Dr Jean-Pierre Rosa, delegate from the French Social Weeks; and Mgr Giampaolo Crepaldi, Bishop of Trieste and President of CCEE’s Caritas in Veritate Commission for social issues. There will then be reports from Moldovan and European experts, testimonies, such as that on the economy of communion promoted by the Focolare Movement, and ample time for debate. The Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) will be represented at the meeting by Mgr Crepaldi and by Fr Ferenc Janka, CCEE Deputy Secretary. The presence of CCEE delegates testifies to the attention given to the initiative by the European bishops. In fact, CCEE will have the task of informing the Bishops’ Conferences not just about the outcome of the work, but also on the experience in general, “a training ground and model for many minority Churches which want to invest more in this particular form of social diakonia, a sign and invitation for all Catholic bodies so that, following this example, they may never allow themselves be discouraged by difficulties where charity and the proclamation of the Gospel is concerned”, said Mgr Duarte da Cunha, General Secretary of CCEE. The meeting will end on Friday 14 October with the celebration of Mass in Chisinau Cathedral.

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Vingt ans après la chute du mur de Berlin

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 ottobre 2009

Il y a vingt ans, nous assistions à un grand moment: la chute du mur de Berlin. Cet événement qui devait marquer l’histoire n’a pas surgi comme un météorite tombé du ciel. Il a été préparé par des hommes convaincus et courageux qui n’ont pas pris leur parti du manque de liberté. Il a été précédé par les nombreux sacrifices de ceux qui ont risqué leur vie et ont lutté pour cette liberté. Pensons à Solidarnosc et à tous ces combats pour plus de solidarité et de respect de la dignité humaine dans ces pays d’Europe centrale et d’Europe de l’Est. Comment ne pas rappeler ici le rôle primordial du pape Jean-Paul II et de sa vision clairvoyante de l’Europe basée sur les fondements de la foi, du bien commun et de la paix ? Beaucoup ont perçu à travers la chute du mur de Berlin l’écroulement de bien d’autres murs,  ceux de la haine, de la peur, du mensonge et d’une idéologie impitoyable. Cette liberté nouvelle offerte à tous à été une occasion de grâce pour les Eglises. Elles ont retrouvé une liberté d’action, d’organisation et d’évangélisation. Même si ce processus n’est pas encore achevé dans tous les pays ni les contentieux liés au passé   pas encore apurés, nous réalisons en vingt ans le chemin parcouru. Evêques d’Europe, nous voyons dans cette libération un signe des temps et nous rendons grâce à Dieu, Seigneur du temps et de l’histoire. Le développement de l’Union européenne s’est accompagné d’un développement de la consommation, au moins pour un certain nombre de personnes. Mais la seule acquisition de biens toujours nouveaux ne comblera jamais le cœur de l’homme. Comme dit le Christ : « L’homme ne vit pas seulement de pain mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu. » (Mt. 4, 4). La seule loi du marché et de la concurrence ne fera jamais naître un idéal. Une société pluraliste risque souvent d’être tentée par le relativisme, et en particulier le relativisme éthique. Chacun se donne ses normes et revendique ses droits. Or, la vie en société ne peut reposer que sur des normes communes, sur une vision de l’homme qui ne varie pas en fonction des groupes de pression ou des sondages d’opinion. Nous sommes préoccupés par de nombreuses propositions de lois, dans nos pays ou dans les institutions européennes, qui vont à l’encontre du bien authentique de l’homme et de la société. Nous sommes conscients de l’urgence de faire correspondre les normes juridiques à la loi naturelle fondée sur la dignité humaine et qui détermine les droits inaliénables et les devoirs de chaque homme. Ces normes devraient être caractérisées par le dialogue, le respect de la liberté et la quête sincère de la vérité. La crise que traverse l’Europe aujourd’hui est sérieuse. La baisse de sa natalité et l’avenir de sa démographie ne portent pas non plus à l’optimisme. Mais, nous ne voulons pas jouer les prophètes de malheur. Le pire n’est jamais sûr ! Notre foi nous fait porter sur la société européenne dans laquelle nous vivons un regard lucide et plein d’espérance. L’édification de l’Europe est vraiment une aventure qui vaut la peine d’être vécue. Chacun y a sa place, chacun y est attendu. Plus que jamais, le chemin s’ouvre devant nous. Ce n’est pas le moment de ralentir la marche ou de s’asseoir sur le bord  de la route. Nous n’oublions pas que nous sommes les disciples de Celui qui dit à chacun : « Con- fiance. Lève-toi et marche ! ». (abstract from Thierry Bonaventura)

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On the rescue of captain Phillips

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 aprile 2009

I am very pleased that Captain Phillips has been rescued and is safely on board the USS Boxer.  His safety has been our principal concern, and I know this is a welcome relief to his family and his crew. I am also very proud of the efforts of the U.S. military and many other departments and agencies who worked tirelessly to secure Captain Phillips’s safe recovery. We remain resolved to halt the rise of piracy in this region. To achieve that goal, we must continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks, be prepared to interdict acts of piracy and ensure that those who commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes. I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew.  His courage is a model for all Americans.

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National former prisoner of war recognition day

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 aprile 2009

The White House. American prisoners of war exemplify the courage and  sacrifice that define our men and women in uniform. These  brave warriors have paid a massive share of the costs of freedom,  and our Nation will be forever in their debt. Today we honor all  prisoners of war by recognizing the tremendous sacrifices made  and the hardships endured by those who fight for our freedom.  American prisoners of war have experienced extreme  conditions across the world and many have made the ultimate  sacrifice. Sixty-seven years ago, in the midst of World War II,  nearly 12,000 Americans and 76,000 Filipinos were captured while  defending positions on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines.  As prisoners of war, they endured the Bataan Death March,  suffering starvation, torture, and unspeakable conditions.  Thousands were randomly executed and many perished on this  journey. During the Korean War, more than 1,600 Americans died  under grave conditions at the Pyok Tong camp. In Vietnam’s  Hoa Lo Prison — the infamous Hanoi Hilton — Americans endured  torture and other forms of inhumane treatment.  There are countless tales of the bravery of American  prisoners of war — of the burdens borne, of the acts of  heroism. These individuals have made great sacrifices and  have demonstrated an enduring faith in themselves and in the  United States. Their commitment calls out to all Americans to  live up to our Nation’s highest ideals and to serve our fellow  citizens with equal selflessness and honor. We will never forget  their sacrifices. Their spirit of service will inspire the  American people for generations to come. (Barack Obama)

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Joint press with Obama and Brown

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2009

(abstract) Prime Minister Brown: The whole of the United Kingdom welcomes President Obama and the First Lady on your first official visit to our country. President Obama, you have given renewed hope not only to the citizens of the United States of America, but to all citizens in all part of the world. And I want to thank you for your leadership, your vision and your courage, which you’ve already shown in your presidency, and congratulate you on the dynamism, the energy and, indeed, the achievements that you have been responsible for.  Your first 70 days in office have changed America, and you’ve changed America’s relationship with the world. So I thank you for coming to our country and I hope you will enjoy your visit with us. There are really five tests for the G20 summit, five tests for the world — tests that if met, will create a new consensus for the world. The speed and scale of global economic change has overwhelmed the national system of rules and regulations. So our first test is to agree tougher and more transparent supervision of banks, hedge funds, and what is known as the global shadow banking system. We are both agreed there will be no sustainable recovery until the banks are cleaned up and a new regulatory system is put in place. President Obama: Thank you so much, Gordon. I am very pleased to be in London, especially with weather of the sort we’re seeing today. And I want to thank Prime Minister Brown for hosting us, for his wife taking Michelle on a tour of some wonderful projects around the city, for his leadership throughout this challenge. I have to say it’s not just Gordon and Sarah that have been very hospitable — I had a chance to see their two sons and we talked about dinosaurs a little bit — (laughter) — in between discussions of Afghanistan and Iran. So we’ve had a wonderful time.  Prime Minister Brown and I had a productive discussion this morning. Both of us greatly value the special relationship between our nations. The United States and the United Kingdom have stood together through thick and thin, through war and peace, through hard times and prosperity — and we’ve always emerged stronger by standing together. So I’m pleased that my first meeting overseas as President is with Gordon Brown, just as I was pleased to host him in Washington shortly after taking office. And I know that we both believe that the relationship between our two countries is more than just an alliance of interests; it’s a kinship of ideals and it must be constantly renewed. The United States is committed, working alongside the United Kingdom, to doing whatever it takes to stimulate growth and demand, and to ensure that a crisis like this never happens again. At home, we’re moving forward aggressively on both recovery and reform. We’ve taken unprecedented action to create jobs and restore the flow of credit. And we’ve proposed a clear set of tough, new 21st-century rules of the road for all of our financial institutions. We are lifting ourselves out of this crisis and putting an end to the abuses that got us here. The Prime Minister and I also covered several other areas of challenge that are fundamental to our common security and prosperity. As he mentioned, we discussed my administration’s review of strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a review that benefitted greatly from the consultations with our allies.  The city of London, like the United States, was attacked by the al Qaeda terrorists who are still plotting in Pakistan, and we are committed to a focused effort to defeat them. And I want to repeat something that I said during our last visit together — I want to honor the British troops and their families who are serving alongside our own on behalf of our common security. We also discussed the progress that was made yesterday at The Hague, where more than 70 nations gathered to discuss our mutual responsibilities to partner with the Afghan people so that we can deny al Qaeda a safe haven. And in the days ahead we’ll consult further with our NATO allies about training Afghan security forces, increasing our civilian support, and a regional approach that recognizes the connection between the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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