Female journalists from Colombia and Mexico receive courage awards

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  • October 20, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The International Women’s Media Foundation honored the courage of Colombian Claudia Duque and the lifetime achievement of Mexican Alma Guillermoprieto, along with the work of two newswomen from Tibet and Tanzania, the Canadian Press reports.

Duque received a 2010 Courage in Journalism Award for her coverage of topics like child trafficking and human rights violations. While doing so she was kidnapped, robbed, received death threats, and went into exile three times between 2001 and 2008.

Guillermoprieto was honored for her three-decade-long career covering armed conflicts in Latin America, most famously for being on the two-person team that first broke the El Mozote massacre story, in which up to 1,000 villagers were killed by U.S.-trained soldiers in El Salvador.

During her speech, Guillermoprieto highlighted the current violence that is affecting her country (for example see this Knight Center map tracking the topic) and how journalists have been “terrorized into submission” by drug traffickers, the Canadian Press explains

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.