– Ahead of the Curve, the FPA goes behind the News –
We encourage our members and colleagues to watch footage from the Overseas Press Club's June 15 event in which Bloomberg News Senior Editor Jodi Schneider moderated a panel of three prominent journalists on how China effectively expelled them or pressured them to leave the country.
Chris Buckley of the New York Times, Yvonne Murray of Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ, and Gerry Shih of the Washington Post explain why China is harming its own self interests in forcing out Western journalists and what media organizations should do in response. The very informative session should give us all food for thought on the challenges of covering authoritarian countries.
2021 UN CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR BEST JOURNALISTIC COVERAGE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND UN AGENCIES
The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 25th anniversary of the UNCA Awards for best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of COVID-19, climate change and the United Nations, UN agencies and field operations.
Winners will be honored at the event by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in December 2021 (date to be confirmed) in New York.
While the UNCA Awards 25th anniversary was put on hold in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year the UN Correspondents Association will return to hosting the annual event in December, honoring excellence in journalism around the globe.
Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2021.
The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.
The Awards are:
1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio).
2. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of climate change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio).
3. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for coverage of the United Nations, UN agencies and field operations, sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:
Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2019 and August 2021.
The judges will look for entries with impact, insight, and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.
Entries can be submitted in any of the official UN languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian), however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process.
Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of two (2) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.
Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
Entries are submitted online by completing the UNCA Awards Entry Form.
On the first page, please complete your personal information and upload your photo.
The following page is where you will submit your work electronically by uploading web links and/or files directly to the Entry Form.
** Electronic entries are mandatory **
All entries must be received by September 15th, 2021
For Questions regarding UNCA Awards & entries please contact:
The UNCA Office, 1-212-963-7137.
Or send an email to email@example.com
Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to a virtual news conference at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 10, 2021, on the importance of the UN Security Council maintaining the Syria cross-border aid mechanism. With the July 10 deadline for its renewal fast approaching, HRW will be launching a new report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, with a special focus on the importance of reauthorizing and expanding the cross-border aid mechanism. Failure to do so would have a severe negative impact on the lives of millions of Syrians in need of aid, including Covid-19 vaccines and other vital medical assistance.
Launch of Human Rights Watch report on the humanitarian situation in Syria and the importance of maintaining cross-border aid delivery.
Sara Kayyali, Syria researcher, Human Rights Watch
Gerry Simpson, associate crisis and conflict director, Human Rights Watch
Louis Charbonneau, UN director, Human Rights Watch
JOINT STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE CO-CHAIRS AND THE UNDERSIGNED MEMBERS OF THE UNITED NATIONS GROUP OF FRIENDS FOR THE PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS
ON THE DETENTION BY THE BELARUSIAN AUTHORITIES OF JOURNALIST RAMAN PRATASEVICH AND SOFIA SAPEGA
New York, June 8, 2021
The co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists – Greece, France and Lithuania - and the undersigned Members of the Group of Friends strongly condemn the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus, on May 23, 2021, prompted by Belarusian authorities in order to arrest and detain independent journalist Raman Pratasevich and his companion, Sofia Sapega.
Reiterating the Statements of the UN Secretary-General, we support a full, transparent and independent investigation into the disturbing and unprecedented incident, which constitutes a frontal attack on media freedom and urge all relevant actors to cooperate with such an inquiry.
We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega, as well as other journalists and media workers, and that their human rights and fundamental freedoms be respected.
We strongly condemn the harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrests and detentions and the prosecution of journalists and media workers, as well as members of the opposition, human rights defenders, and other members of civil society in Belarus and beyond, for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly the rights to freedom of expression, opinion, including freedom of information, as well as freedom of peaceful assembly and association. We further condemn any use of torture or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment as a means to force public confessions. We also express our concern over the recently adopted laws on media and mass events that will further facilitate such harassment and prosecution.
Media freedom is an essential part of democratic societies. States should ensure a free, safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without interference. Arbitrary detentions are obstructing the task of journalism in building inclusive societies and democracies, helping shape an informed public debate and fostering intercultural dialogue, peace and good governance. There can be no Press Freedom when there is fear.
We extend our support to the efforts of the international non-governmental and grass roots organizations to promote the protection of journalists and media workers, their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to all the Member States in promoting an environment in which journalists can carry out their work without fear of reprisal or intimidation.
Co-chairs of the UN Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives of Greece, France and Lithuania
Co-signatories members of the Group of Friends (in alphabetical order): Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Latvia, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Uruguay
Committee to Protect Journalists press briefing on Belarus with Gulnoza Said, CPJ Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, and Volha Siakhovich, a legal expert with the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. EDT / 16:00 p.m. CET
WHERE: RSVP for Zoom link
Journalists interested in attending the briefing can register here and call-in details will be provided upon registration. Those interested in submitting questions ahead of time should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore CPJ’s reporting on press freedom in Belarus here.
The Carroll Kowal Journalism Award has been given to journalists who enhance the public’s awareness of social conditions in and affecting New York City. It was created in 1991 to honor Carroll Kowal who was an outstanding social worker and leader in social welfare and housing policy in New York City and State. This year the scope of the Kowal Award has been broadened to include national and international journalists.
Carroll Kowal Journalism Awards Program - Shining a Light on Migrant Children
Thursday, June 10, 2021: 6:00 to 7:00 PM (EDT)
United States Recipient: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER IMMIGRANT JUSTICE PROJECT
" Migrant Children Deserve Better”
The New York Times, March 18, 2021
Luz V. Lopez - Senior Supervising Attorney
Jeff Migliozzi - Media Strategist
International Recipient: UNICEF
“Building Bridges for Every Child:
Reception, Care and Services to Support
Unaccompanied Children in the United States”
Rhonda Fleischer, LMSW - Co-Author
Gillian Huebner - Co-Author, Programme Specialist
Verena Knaus - Chief Editor
The Foreign Press Association of the USA demands the international community take decisive against the Belarus “state hijack” of the aircraft carrying Roman Protasevich. We have already protested about the restrictions on press freedom inside Belarus but this piratical interception is a threat to all journalists and diplomats and sets a perilous precedent for other governments who wish to control the press. It also poses a danger for air safety - the false Belarus claim of explosives devalues genuine warnings in the future.
The FPA deplores the Russian government’s attempts to stifle RFE / Radio Liberty’s operations by requiring registration as “foreign agents” in the same way we condemned the US administration’s insistence that RTS and Al-Jazeera register as foreign agents. In this Tweedledum and Tweedledee battle the only sure casualty is an open media, stifling public access to outside views. We call upon the Kremlin and the White House to declare ceasefire in this media squabble.
In common with our partners The Committee to Protect Journalists, and our colleagues the FPA in Israel, The Foreign Press Association of the US strongly condemns the Israeli airstrike on the building that housed our colleagues of the AP and Al-Jazeera among others. There is no justification for the destruction of an entire residential building which also housed media organizations reporting on the conflict. This was clearly a calculated assault on the media and as AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said, “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today." It is a reasonable conclusion that this was one purpose of the raid.
We would also be remiss if we did not express our support and sympathy for the civilians without press passes, whose homes were destroyed and lives put at risk because of the alleged identity of their neighbors.
WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY - The Foreign Press Association (USA) – Launches “The FPA Sharp Pen Award”, for Press Freedom Fighters!
The British writer Sir Terry Pratchett wisely said, “The pen is mightier than the sword, if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”
He could have added that, despite the brutal reality and truth of his statement, an army of very sharp pens deployed in unison can be effective as well! Which is why the century old Foreign Press Association has been taking up its cudgels and computers to protest suppression of the press around the world, from Hong Kong to Egypt to Myanmar, Rwanda, the Philippines and Belarus – and indeed violence against reporters covering protests here in the US.
We should maintain our vigilance against such attempts by governments, corporations and factions to intimidate and suborn press freedom and work with other press organization here and worldwide to fight back.
To mark World Press Freedom Day we invite nominations for the FPA’s first “Sharp Pen Award” for upholding press freedom in the face of the sword in 2020-21. Nominations will be accepted through September 2021 for international journalists worldwide who with their sharp pens have demonstrated commitment to Freedom of the Press highlighting significant local or global issues.
The FPA Sharp Pen award will be one of several awards given at this year’s FPA Centennial Foreign Press Association Awards event for coverage of the US by international journalists and students, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Today to commemorate World Press Freedom Day please share your nominations for FPA’s initial “Sharp Pen Award”for upholding press freedom “in the face of the sword.”
If you have any comments or questions, reach out to us at +1 (212) 370-1054 and email@example.com
President, Foreign Press Association USA