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Marie Colvin is the Winner of the Anna Politkovskaya Award 2012 PDF E-mail

  2012 Award Film, additional interviews filmed by Lorraine Jordan and edited by Elislava Abadzhieva

  2011 Award Film, filmed by Justin Rhodes and Dimitry Borko | Edited by: Justin Rhodes (www.dokofilms.com)

 
Nobel Women's Initiative: US Journalist Marie Colvin receives 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

11 October 2012

American journalist Marie Colvin is this year’s posthumous recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award. Marie reported on almost every major conflict in recent history, and was driven by her mission to bear witness to the suffering of civilians in conflict.

RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) annually presents the Anna Politkovskaya Award  to acknowledge the anniversary ofAnna Politkovskaya’s murder on 7th October 2006. The award is presented to a woman human rights defender from a conflict zone that stands up for victims of the conflict, often at great personal risk. Previous award winners include 2011 recipient Razan Zaitouneh, human rights lawyer & journalist (Syria) and Dr. Halima Bashir in 2010 (Darfur/ Sudan).

To read the article in full go to the Nobel Women's Initiative.

 
Novaya Gazeta: Special Edition honouring Anna Politkovskaya PDF E-mail

'From Anna Politkovskaya to Marie Colvin' by Razan Zaitouneh, 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner

'От Анны Политковской к Мари Колвин' - Разан Зeйтуне, Лауреат премии RAW in WAR имени Анны Политковской 2011 года

8 October 2012  

 
Statement by the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

Letter to the Editor of The Sunday Times and Novaya Gazeta

7 October 2012 

Sir, Today marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. To date, the  killers and those who ordered her murder have still not been brought to justice.

We the undersigned are supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War). On Friday 5 October, we presented the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, set up to recognise women defending human rights in zones of war and conflict, often at great personal risk, to Marie Colvin (The United States), the brave Sunday Times war correspondent, who was killed in Syria. 

We presented this year’s award to Marie Colvin for her courage, integrity and passion to give a voice to the women, children and communities blighted by the violence and horrors of conflict and war. Marie reported from some of the worse conflict zones including in Sierra Leone, Chechnya, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, East Timor and from the heart of the Arab Spring. She was killed on 22 February 2012 in Syria, while bringing to the world the truth about the targeting and killing of civilians by the government. She spoke truth to power. Just like Anna did and paid for it with her life. 

Like Anna, Marie did much more than simply reporting the story of violence. In East Timor, in 1999, she was credited with saving the lives of 1,500 women and children besieged by Indonesian-backed forces. While other international journalists left, she refused to leave until the group was evacuated to safety four days later.

It came as no surprise that Marie defied the Syrian authorities ban on foreign reporters, in order to ensure that the world would hear about the massacres of civilians that continue there to this day. Marie lost her life, when the Syrian government army shelled the building she and other journalists used as a makeshift media centre.

As the situation in Syria is getting worse by the day, we also honour the many Syrian women journalists and human rights defenders, like last year’s award winner Razan Zaitouneh, who despite the danger they are facing, continue to speak out about the brutality currently facing the people of Syria....

To read the full Statement click here. 

The Statement is signed by members of the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award:

Nobel Women’s Initiative (Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Betty Williams, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), Tatiana Yankelevich, Desmond Tutu, Jon Snow, Jane Wellesley, John Pilger, Jeremy Bowen, Andre Glucksmann, Gloria Steinem, Sergey Kovalyov, Alexei Simonov, Vladimir Bukovsky, Svetlana Gannushkina, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Karinna Moskalenko, Mara Polyakova, Malalai Joya, Halima Bashir, Leila Alikarami, Razan Zaitouneh, Gillian Slovo, Eva Hoffman, Adam Michnik, Oleg Panfilov, Oleg Orlov, Ella Polyakova, Tom Stoppard.... to read the full list click here.

 
The Guardian: Tribute to Marie Colvin in a letter addressed to the late Anna Politkovskaya PDF E-mail

8 October 2012 

Here's a piece of writing - in the form of an open letter to the late Anna Politkovskaya - that deserves as wide a journalistic audience as possible.

It is written by Razan Zaitouneh, a Syrian human rights lawyer who won the Anna Politkovskaya Raw in War Award in 2011.

Addressed to Politkovskya, who was murdered in Moscow in October 2006, it concerns the death of the Sunday Times correspondent, Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria in February this year. She was the posthumous recipient of this year's raw in war award.

Dear Anna,

I feel the irony of fate. Firstly, because I am writing to you again, Anna Politkovskaya, following a year, which passed like a century while we still run between dream and death.

Secondly, because I have been commissioned to present the award in your name to another woman who left us while trying to convey the truth that cost her life. Marie Colvin, the courageous reporter, never feared searching for truth in the face of death.

Marie went to many countries wracked by wars and conflict to bear witness. She lost her eye while covering the civil war in Sri Lanka.

In Syria, Marie chose the capital of the revolution, Homs, to report, both in sound and through images, an aspect of the revolution that the regime turned into an all-out war against the Syrians. Marie was not wrong in her choice.

At that time, Homs was the whole event, the focus of most journalists, the symbol of the revolution, and the symbol of survival despite voracious death. Right up to the last, Marie Colvin was sending reports that show the ugly crimes committed against the city and its people. Within a few seconds, she became the headline and content of the news.

About 70 foreign reporters and local citizen journalists died during the months of the revolution. The regime's shells and tanks do not differentiate between one who holds the camera and the pen, the demonstrator who holds banners, or the child who holds his future in his small hands.

Read the full article at The Guardian

 
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