Monday, September 17, 2012

Peter Mackler Award Ceremony Tickets Now On Sale


NEW YORK, September 17, 2012 – Tickets for the Peter Mackler Award Ceremony are now on sale at www.pmaward.org.  This year’s winner is Lukpan Akhmedyarov of Uralskaya Nedelya (Kazakhstan).   The Key Note Speaker is Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake, Jr. The ceremony will take place October 12, 2012 at 6PM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Advance tickets are $25, $10 with student ID, and $35 at the door. Ticket purchases include one free drink and all proceeds directly benefit the Peter Mackler Award Fund.

Lukpan Akhmedyarov , 36, is a reporter for the weekly Uralskaya Nedelya in Kazakhstan. He is well known for his investigative coverage of corruption and human rights abuses as well as his criticism of the current regime. He has been the target of threats and harassment by the police.

On April 19, 2012, Akhmedyarov was the victim of a murder attempt outside his apartment building in the city of Uralsk.  Two masked individuals attacked him, hitting him on the back of the head, stabbing him multiple times and shooting him with an air-pistol.  As a result, Akhmedyarov was hospitalized for a month and treated for a head injury, eight stab wounds to the lung, kidneys, and stomach, and gun pellet injuries.

Mr. Blake was appointed Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in May 2009.  As Assistant Secretary, he oversees U.S. foreign policy with India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.  He previously served as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives from 2006 to mid-2009 and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission in New Delhi, India from 2003 – 2006.  Mr. Blake earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1980 and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1984. 

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.

Contact:
Camille J. Mackler
Project Director, Peter Mackler Award
Global Media Forum
Tel: +1-212-422-7446
Email: cmackler@globalmediaforum.com


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lukpan Akhmedyarov Named 2012 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism


Photo: Reporters Without Borders
NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 - Global Media Forum and the US branch of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are pleased to announce that Lukpan Akhmedyarov is the 2012 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.

Akhmedyarov is a reporter for the weekly Uralskaya Nedelya in Kazakhstan. He will be awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 12, 2012. 

Lukpan Akhmedyarov, 36, is well known for his investigative coverage of corruption and human rights abuses as well as his criticism of the current regime. He has been the target of threats and harassment by the police.

On April 19, 2012, Akhmedyarov was the victim of a murder attempt outside his apartment building in the city of Uralsk.  Two masked individuals attacked him, hitting him on the back of the head, stabbing him multiple times and shooting him with an air-pistol.  As a result, Akhmedyarov was hospitalized for a month and treated for a head injury, eight stab wounds to the lung, kidneys, and stomach, and gun pellet injuries.

Photo: Uralskaya Nedelya 
Camille Mackler, Project Director for the Peter Mackler Award, said that “Mr. Akhmedyarov has shown enormous courage in reporting on corruption in an authoritarian regime. That he continues to do so, after almost paying with his life for his commitment to journalistic integrity, makes us proud to name him this year’s winner of the Peter Mackler Award.”

“Through Lukpan Akhmedyarov, we pay homage to the courage of all who continue to work independently to cover the news in Kazakhstan.  Working as an independent news source in this country has never been easy. Over the past twelve month, it has become more dangerous than ever.  Lukpan's courage and dedication command respect” said Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders Director.

RSF ranked Kazakhstan 154th out of 178 countries in their 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index.

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-Presse (AFP) into the international competitor that it is today.  Mackler also founded the Global Media Forum, which has helped to train 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.  Details regarding the award ceremony, to be held October 12, 2012, will be made available August 22nd, 2012

Contact:
Camille J. Mackler
Project Director, Peter Mackler Award
Email:
cmackler@globalmediaforum.com