Reporters Without Borders has announced that Honduran radio journalist Karla Rivas, news editor for Radio Progreso, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
Rivas will be awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on 20 October 2011. Rivas is the first woman to receive the Award.
Journalist Karla Rivas works for Radio Progreso, a Jesuit-run radio station covering current events, sports, and arts news. Radio Progreso challenges censorship and attempts to promote dialogue within Honduran society. Karla Rivas became a vocal opponent of military tactics and continues to defend Radio Progreso’s right to broadcast uncensored information.
Camille Mackler, Project Director for the Peter Mackler Award, said that “Rivas has shown enormous courage and integrity by asserting the right of the People of Honduras to receive fair, accurate news. She has done so regardless of the danger she placed herself in. This selflessness and strong ethics are what the Peter Mackler Award rewards by naming Rivas this year’s winner.”
The Peter Mackler Award
The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in June 2008 to honour the memory of Peter Mackler, a Brooklyn-born 35-year veteran journalist who championed ethical journalism and freedom of expression. Mackler helped transform the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) into the international competitor that it is today.
The Peter Mackler award rewards journalists who fight courageously and ethically to report the news in countries where freedom of the press is either not guaranteed or not recognized. The Award is administered jointly by Global Media Forum and Reporters Without Borders. The Award ceremony will take place on October 20, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.