Russian investigative journalist Ilya Barabanov was named winner of the Peter Mackler Award, a prize to reward media workers «in countries where freedom of the press is either not guarantied or not recognized» noticed AFP. The award ceremony will be held on October 22 in Washington.
Ilya Barabanov, deputy editor-in-chief of the Novoye Vremya weeklypaper, received the Peter Mackler Award for his
publication about abuses and violations in Moscow OMON, an elite police subdivision known for «its brutal suppression of activist protestors», a statement posted on the award’s website reads. “Barabanov, a young journalist, has displayed enormous courage in standing up for journalistic independence and the Russian people’s right to free and balanced news. These character traits are what the Peter Mackler Award seeks to encourage and reward” said Award director Camille Mackler.
The Peter Mackler Award, administered by the U.S. branch of Reporters Without Borders, was first awarded in 2009. Its first winner was Sri Lanka’s J.S. Tissainayagam, an opposition journalist who has been serving a 20-year prison sentence for inciting «acts of violence or racial or communal disharmony».
UPDATE: October 28 – Лауреат премии имени Питера Маклера, Илья Барабанов, в студии «Голоса Америки».
On the sensations of the prize, and plans for the future Ilya Barabanov, a studio Voice Of America spoke with Yulia Savchenko. Interview full here(in Russian).