Peter Mackler Award to Hold Ceremony Recognizing Ilya Barabanov October 22nd, 2010

Oct 12, 2010, 14:27 ET from Global Media Forum from ,Reporters Without Borders

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism will hold its annual award ceremony on October 22, 2010 at 6:00PM at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. N.W., 13th Fl.; Washington, DC. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a networking hour. Tickets are $25 ($10 with student ID) and can be purchased at the door or online at There will be a silent auction.

This year's winner is Ilya Barabanov, deputy editor of Russian opposition magazine The New Times. Barabanov has worked on several investigative reports exposing corruption within the Russian government. As a result, he has been the target of extortion attempts, and has defended his organization against a lawsuit filed by the Interior Ministry and OMON security forces.

The guest speaker will be J.S. Tissainayagam, 2009 winner of the Peter Mackler Award and current Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Mr. Tissainayagam, a respected Tamil journalist and editor, was recently pardoned by the Sri Lankan government, less than a year after his conviction to 20 years hard labor on terrorism charges.

The Key Note Speaker will be David E. Hoffman, contributing editor at the Washington Post and Foreign Policy Magazine. Mr. Hoffman is also the author of The Dead Hand, the Pulitzer Prize winning analysis of the Cold War arms race.

About the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism

The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in June, 2008 to honor the memory of Peter Mackler, a Brooklyn-born thirty-five year veteran journalist who championed ethical journalism and freedom of expression. Mackler helped transform the news agency Agence France Press (AFP) into the international competitor that it is today. Mackler also founded the Global Media Forum, which has trained journalists and non-profit organizations to use the media as a tool for social change, and Project Plato, which teaches journalism as a life skill to disadvantaged teenagers.

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.

SOURCE Global Media Forum; Reporters Without Borders