Four Women of Courage
Annenberg Auditorium, 2:00 pm
Four women who have risked their lives to report the news in Colombia, Spain and the Sudan told their amazing and inspirational stories. To honor their courage and committment to the journalism profession, they were presented with International Women's Media Foundation's 2001 Courage in Journalism Awards.
The honorees included:
Jineth Bedoya Lima
of Columbia was on kidnapped at gunpoint last year while on assignment. Bedoya was drugged then brutally beaten and repeatedly raped by her captors. She was found that night in a garbage dump, where she had been left with
her hands tied. Bedoya returned to her job just two weeks later.
Carmen Gurruchaga Basurto
, a political reporter for a Madrid-based daily newspaper frequently writes about the Basque separatist group, ETA. Her stories have so threatened the terrorist group that it has waged an intimation campaign against her since 1984.
is the only female editor-in-chief of a newspaper in Sudan. Earlier this year, Abbas was sent to prison for publishing an article charging a judicial authority with misappropriating funds. She spent 17 days in custody and was released pending a decision on her appeal.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Colleen "Koky" Dishon
of the United States is being honored for her more than 60 years work as a journalist.
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