Iranian Editor Wins RSF's Fondation De France
Reporters sans frontières' (RSF) has awarded its 10th
Fondation de France Prize to Reza Alijani, editor-in-chief of
the Iranian magazine Iran-é-Farda, in recognition of
his commitment to the defense of press freedom in Iran. Alijan
has been detained in prison since February; ten months after
the government banned his magazine.
RSF calls him "one of the rare journalists who has dared
to defend freedom of the press in Iran through his interviews
on foreign radios and articles in the national press."
RSF says Iran-é-Farda magazine is popular among students
and has become a "reference for the partisans of reform."
Iran holds the record of being "the biggest prison for
journalists in the Middle East," says RSF. As at 28 November,
17 Iranian journalists remain in jail, and the government since
April 2000 has banned over 40 publications.
RSF awards the Fondation de France Prize worth 7,600 Euros
(approx. US$6,800) to journalists who "through their work,
beliefs or attitudes, have demonstrated their devotion to the
ideal of press freedom." Past winners include Burmese journalist
and writer San San Nweh, Syria's Nizar Nayyouf and Carmen Gurruchaga
Champion Cartoonist, Elenwoke Gets Global
Global honour came the way of Champion Newspapers' cartoonist
and illustrator, Mr. Ikechi Eliezer Elenwoke, as he emerged
one of the two Africans whose works won honourable mention at
the prestigious United Nations (UN) Ranan Lurie Political Cartoons
Awards for the year 2001.
Mr. Elenwoke and Popa Mutumula of The African Newspapers,
Dodoma, Tanzania, were the two Africans who made it to the final
list of 13 winners selected from thousands of entries from all
over the world by a panel of seasoned judges led by Nobel Laureate
Dr. Elie Wiesel.
The first three winners were honoured at a ceremony in New
York while Mr. Elenwoke and the ten others receive a plaque,
honouring their achievements, signed by UN Secretary General,
Mr. Elenwoke's winning piece was an editorial cartoon published
in the Daily Champion of June 13, 2001. The highly instructive
work depicted the chequered attempt of the UN to stem global
crises, to no avail.
The annual Ranan Lurie Awards named after a Jewish American
who is acclaimed one of the best political cartoonists of all
time, started in February 19, 1995, and goes to the best cartoons
of the genre.
ICHR President Wins 2002 Chapultepec Grand
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has awarded Claudio
Grossman, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (ICHR) its 2002 Chapultepec Grand Prize.
The award honours individuals for their "work and commitment
to promoting and disseminating the principles of the 1994 Declaration
of Chapultepec," which sets out guidelines for safeguarding
freedom of expression and press freedom in the Western Hemisphere.
In his current capacity, Grossman serves as the rapporteur for
women's rights and has participated in ICHR missions to countries
including Brazil, Haiti and Peru. In 1996 and 2000, he was elected
to one-year terms as president of ICHR, which examines grievances
put forward by alleged victims of human rights violations in
the Americas, conducts investigative missions and drafts treaties.
Zimbabwean Editor Wins WAN 2002 Golden Pen
of Freedom Award
Geoffrey Nyarota, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Zimbabwean
Daily News, was been awarded the World Association of Newspaper's
(WAN) 2002 Golden Pen of Freedom award. The award honours Nyarota's
"outstanding defence of press freedom in the face of constant
WAN eulogised Nyarota for editing a "newspaper which
has gained the trust of his readers by fearlessly providing
them with the truth about government corruption and the country's
economic and social upheaval." The editor-in-chief has
been arrested, jailed and threatened with death for overseeing
the Daily News' reportage, which has brought the wrath of the
government for its coverage of the takeover of white-run farms
by Zimbabwean war veterans.
In Zimbabwe, independent and foreign journalists have recently
experienced an escalation of attacks and threats from the government
of Robert Mugabe especially with the take over of white owned
farmlands with the approval of the government.
Endowment For Democracy Announces Journalism
World-wide democracy activists, practitioners, schol ars, and
journalists have a chance to deepen their understanding of democracy
with the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, organized
by the National Endowment for Democracy.
The fellowships seek to enhance the ability of the fellows
to promote democracy. They are intended primarily to support
practitioners and scholars from new and aspiring democracies.
Fellows will be in residence at the International Forum for
Democratic Studies, the research and publications arm of the
National Endowment for Democracy (NED), located in Washington,
The Forum hosts 12-15 fellows per year for three to 10 months
each. Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living
expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel
to and from Washington.
Stipend levels range from a minimum of $3,500 per month to
a maximum of $7,500 per month, taking into account the fellow's
previous annual income, level of experience, and the cost of
living in Washington. Limited funds may be available for travel
within the United States.
Applicants for Reagan-Fascell fellowships must choose between
two tracks: a practitioner track (typically three to five months)
to improve strategies and techniques for building democracy
and to exchange information with counterparts in the United
States; and a research and writing track (typically five to
ten months) to conduct original research for publication.
Applicants who will focus on research and writing are expected
to have a Ph.D. or, for non-academics, to have published in
an area of expertise. The program is not designed to support
students working toward a degree.
Applications should be sent by airmail as well as by e-mail
to the addresses listed below. They should consist of eight
copies of a 10-page description of the proposed project and
a discussion on how the proposed project will advance public
understanding of the theory or practice of democracy. Applicants
should also include eight copies of a detailed CV or resume,
and three letters of reference.
The deadline for fellowships is April 1, 2002, but applicants
are encouraged to submit their materials earlier. For more information,
or contact Kristin Helz, program assistant, Fellowship Programs,
International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment
for Democracy, 1101 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005,
Telephone (202) 293-0300. Fax (202) 293-0258. E-mail email@example.com
Fisher Fellowship Open To Journalists From
Journalists from the Commonwealth countries, and members of
the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU), have until February 18,
2002 to apply for the 2002-2003 Gordon Fisher Fellowship.
The fellowship is open to any journalist who is fully employed
by a newspaper or news agency in membership of the CPU. Particular
consideration will be given to journalists from developing countries.
The successful candidate is able to choose from a wide range
of university courses and activities at the University of Toronto,
Canada, and is free to audit any graduate or undergraduate course
and to use all university facilities. The university, however,
does not offer courses in journalism or media studies.
Appointed as Fellow-at-Large at the University of Toronto,
the successful candidate receives all privileges, including
membership and living accommodations in Massey College, the
graduate college within the University.
The Fisher Fellowship program combines general education with
concentration in at least two courses. In a parallel, extra-curricular
program, the Fisher Fellow meets regularly with Southam Fellows
in informal seminars to discuss contemporary issues with eminent
personalities from a wide variety of professions.
Each applicant must be a full-time employee with a newspaper
or news service with at least three years' experience. Applicants
must have employer consent for a leave of absence and undertake
to rejoin the sponsoring employer for a minimum of one year
at the completion of the fellowship program. The application
should include a proposal for a plan of study, a statement of
the applicant's experience, samples of work, supporting letter
from the employer, and three references.
The fellowship runs from September 1, 2002 to April 30, 2003.
Interested parties should fax entries to Jane Rangeley on
+44 20 7583 7733.The original copies should also be mailed,
together with background papers, to reach the CPU by February
18, 2002. Mail to Jane Rangeley, training director, CPU, 17
Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA. More information is available
on the Massey College Web site at http://www.utoronto.ca/massey
John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional
The John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists
is awarded annually to twelve U.S. and up to eight foreign editors,
journalists, reporters, photographers, radio and television
broadcasters. Foreign journalists aree expected to have had
five years experience.
Successful applicants for the Fellowship receive a $50,000
stipend plus a book allowance and tuition.
The program gives outstanding journalists an academic year
at Stanford to broaden and deepen their understanding of economic,
historical, philosophical, social issues and trends shaping
the nation and world. For further information and application
form contact: Director, Knight Fellowships, Bldg. 120, Room
424, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305?2050; Tel: (650)
723?4937; Fax: (650) 725?6154; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission of forms for US applicants is February
1 whle international applicants have until March 1to submit
Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF)
The programme takes approximately twelve mid-career
reporters and editors- usually between the ages of 25 and 35-to
America for a six-month, in-depth, practical introduction to
the professional and ethical standards of the U.S. print media.
AFPF offers these working fellowships to non-U.S. print journalists
from developing and transitional countries with an emerging
Applicant are expected to have an excellent command of written
and spoken English, be in early to mid-career status, with at
least three years experience as a print journalist, show a demonstrated
commitment to a career in journalism in the home country, and
current employment as a journalist with an independent print
media organization in a developing or transitional country.
The Fellowship covers all costs of programme-related international
and domestic U.S. travel, and provides a monthly stipend. The
program begins in June with a two-week orientation seminar in
Washington followed by five-month deployment to U.S. host newspapers.
Completed applications are expected to get be submitted latest
February 1 for the program beginning in June of that year.
For more information and/or an application, visit AFPF's,
Web Site: www.pressfellowships.org
or contact AFPF at: 2000 L Street N.W., Suite 200, Washington,
DC 20036-4997; Telephone: (202) 416-1691; Fax: (202) 416-1695;