UN New Media PeaceeverTV Reported From  Great Hyatt The 2019 International Press Freedom Awards go to Brazilian reporter, Indian freelancer, Nicaraguan broadcast journalists, and Tanzanian champion of online freedom of expression.

New York, November 22, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists and press freedom supporters from around the world celebrated journalists from Brazil, India, Nicaragua, and Tanzania last night at the 29th annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York. CPJ presented the 2019 Gwen Ifill Award to veteran Pakistani journalist, Zaffar Abbas.

All the honorees work in developing democracies that have experienced a deterioration in their respective press freedom environments, and they have had to fight in the face of censorship and threats to bring stories and information to their communities. Earlier this week, the awardees met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to raise concerns about threats to press freedom around the globe, including rhetoric about “fake news” from leaders in their countries.

“This is the 29th CPJ gala. Some of you were here at the first one. You knew then that a free press is the underpinning of democracy, and that it cannot be taken for granted,” said veteran U.S. journalist and IPFA host Shep Smith. “If the events of the past decade have shown us anything it is that independent journalism is more necessary than ever.”

  Carroll is a fierce advocate for a robust independent press and a frequent speaker on the threats to journalistic access. She also is a leader on vital security issues for journalists working in hostile environments and was the first journalist ever to address the United Nations Security Council on the topic. She is a frequent contest judge and consultant on ethical and standards issues. From 2003 to 2012, she was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as co-chair. 
 
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        Yuanyuan Liu, host of UN New Media PeaceeverTV interviews the head of CPJ Mexico
   Yuanyuan Liu, host of UN New Media PeaceeverTV interviews Neha Dixit, an award-winning freelance reporter, has covered politics, gender, and social justice in print, TV, and online media for more than a decade. She began her career atTehelkamagazine and then joined the special investigation team at India Todaynews magazine.
   Yuanyuan Liu, host of UN New Media PeaceeverTV interviews Abbas Who is the editor of Dawn, Pakistan's leading daily newspaper. He has an extensive career in journalism, starting in 1981, when he worked as a junior reporter for the Karachi-based newspaper The Star. In 1988, he began working at theHerald, a prestigious Pakistani monthly magazine, as its leading investigative reporter. Four years later, he joined the BBC World Service as a Pakistan correspondent in Islamabad.
   VOA Reporter Interviews Neha Dixit, an award-winning freelance reporter    Yuanyuan Liu, host of UN New Media PeaceeverTV interviews  Patrícia Campos Mello is an award-winning reporter and columnist at the dailyFolha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil's biggest news outlets
  Yuanyuan Liu, host of UN New Media PeaceeverTV interviews On-Site Guests    Yuanyuan Liu, host of UN New Media PeaceeverTV photo with Mr.Zaffar Abbas Pakistan's leading daily newspaper. 
    The Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ)Gala Host Mr.Shep Smith.  David Shepard "Shep" Smith Jr. is an American broadcast journalist. He joined the Fox News Channel at its 1996 inception and is known for his former role as the chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news division
    The Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ)Gala Host Mr.Shep Smith
    
    
  
   Patrícia Campos Mello is an award-winning reporter and columnist at the dailyFolha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil's biggest news outlets, and an experienced international correspondent. She has reported on human rights and public health stories in Brazil, including on babies being born with microcephaly as a result of the Zika virus in 2016. She has also reported on the war in Afghanistan, the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, the national elections in India, and migration and the refugee crisis in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Turkey, Lebanon, and Kenya.
   Kathleen Carroll is a veteran journalism leader and press freedom advocate. Since 2017, she has chaired the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a global organization that helps endangered journalists and advocates for press freedom.
  
   A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, presented the award to Lucía Pineda Ubau, news director of 100% Noticias, and Miguel Mora, the outlet’s founder and director, who were freed on June 11 after six months behind bars in Nicaragua

Lucía Pineda Ubau has worked as a reporter for more than two decades for Nicaraguan outlets including TV Noticias and the news program "22/22," which she co-founded. She first worked at 100% Noticias from 1995 to 2001, when it was a news show, then rejoined it in 2008, when it had evolved into a 24-hour cable and digital channel. She is the news director of the outlet.

Miguel Mora is the director and founder of 100% Noticias, one of the main independent media outlets reporting on the political crisis in the country. Its journalists, especially Mora, have faced constant harassment and threats as a result of their reporting. The outlet is banned from broadcasting in Nicaragua, and the government has seized its studio and equipment.

     Lucía Pineda Ubau has worked as a reporter for more than two decades for Nicaraguan outlets including TV Noticias and the news program "22/22," which she co-founded. She first worked at 100% Noticias from 1995 to 2001, when it was a news show, then rejoined it in 2008, when it had evolved into a 24-hour cable and digital channel. She is the news director of the outlet.