Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz among winners of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award

  • Source: IWMF
  • June 14, 2021

“The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) today [June 10th] announced the recipients of its 31st annual Courage in Journalism Awards. This year’s winners – all reporting from their own communities – include the all-women Dalit reporting and editing staff of Indian news outlet Khabar Lahariya; Paola Ugaz, a Peruvian print and broadcast journalist; freelance U.S. photojournalist Vanessa Charlot; and, imprisoned Belarusian journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva (Bakhvalava) and Darya Chultsova.


'This year’s Courage Award winners persist despite incredible odds, including censorship and intimidation both online and offline,’ said the IWMF’s Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. ‘It is an honor to recognize Darya, Katsiaryna, Paola, Vanessa, and the team at Khabar Lahariya for their devotion and determination to keep us informed. For these women, and countless others, participation in public discourse is dangerous and traumatic – we salute them and congratulate their courage.’


Paola Ugaz – a correspondent for Spanish newspaper ABC – has spent her career investigating injustice. Ugaz’s coverage of abuse within the Catholic church has inspired years of unrelenting legal and physical threats.”


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