The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard presented the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism to slain Sri Lankan newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the journalists of Afghanistan on Nov. 17.
The Class of 2010 Nieman Fellows made the selections in recognition of the terrible risk that many journalists around the world face in pursuit of their calling. In making their decision, the fellows cited Wickrematunge for daring to stand up, at the cost of his life, for freedom of the press and human rights. The journalists of Afghanistan are being recognized for their bravery in delivering the news from one of the most dangerous reporting environments in the world.
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