Middle East Editor of Newsweek and contributing editor of Vanity Fair Janine di Giovanni was awarded along with three other woman journalists: Ms Mabel Cáceres, founder and editor-in-chief of El Búho, an independent magazine in Peru, Ms Stella Paul, a freelance journalist in India, and Ms Diane Rehm, long-time host of the public radio show that bears her name.
Now in its 27th year, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, delivered by the International Women’s Media Foundation, celebrate women journalists who set themselves apart through extraordinary bravery.
Elisa Lees Muñoz, IWMF Executive Director
“These courageous journalists have faced seemingly insurmountable security threats and personal challenges in reporting on global issues and often, their impact on women. It is an honor to celebrate their commitment to press freedom and their service to other women in their industry with our annual Courage Awards.”
Janine di Giovanni began reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters 25 years ago as a freelancer working in Gaza and the West Bank. She reports by engaging local citizens and often by working independently, without support from a major news organisation. Based in Paris, she focuses on women’s rights, child soldiers, HIV/AIDS, war crimes, honour crimes, illegal detention, refugees, and crimes against humanity.
Since its inception in 1990, IWMF has honored more than 100 women journalists from 54 countries as part of its Courage in Journalism Awards programme. This year’s award winners will be recognized in person at ceremonies led by Cindi Leive (Glamour) in Los Angeles on October 20, 2016 and in New York at an event moderated by Cynthia McFadden (NBC) and Norah O’Donnell (CBS) on October 26, 2016.