Belarus, Cameroon, Iran, Israel journalists cited

Associated Press

Female journalists from Belarus, Cameroon and Iran, who have reported on harsh governments and have been punished for their efforts, will receive 2009 Courage in Journalism awards from the International Women's Media Foundation.

The foundation also said Monday that its Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Israeli Amira Hass, a reporter of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz Daily, who for 20 years has reported from inside Palestinian territory on both Palestinian and Israeli government policies.

These are recipients of the 2009 Courage in Journalism Awards:

_ Iryna Khalip, 41, reporter and editor in the Minsk, Belarus, bureau of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. "For more than 15 years, Khalip has been a journalist in Belarus, one of the most oppressive countries toward journalists in the world," frequently detained for all-night interrogations by Belarusian police, the foundation said. A 2002 recipient of the Courage Award was Novaya Gazeta's Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in 2006. Nobody has been convicted in her death.

_ Agnes Taile, 29, reporter for Canal 2 International radio and television in Cameroon. Taile reports on human rights and press freedom and has written about ineffectiveness and corruption by government officials. In 2006, while a reporter for Sweet FM, Taile received threats demanding that she stop writing about official corruption but ignored the threats. She was abducted from her home at knifepoint by three hooded men. She was beat and left for dead in a ravine. Her show was canceled, but Taille recovered and went to work with Canal 2.

Jila Baniyaghoob, 38, freelance reporter in Iran and editor-in-chief of the Web site Kanoon Zanan Irani (Focus on Iranian Women). Baniyaghoob "has fearlessly reported on government and social oppression, particularly as they affect women" and has lost several jobs for refusing to censor herself. She too has been beaten, arrested and imprisoned numerous times.

The awards will be presented Oct. 20 in New York City and Oct. 28 in Los Angeles, California.



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