Azerbaijani, Gaza, Ethiopia women win media awards

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Posted: Oct 24, 2012 3:45 PM
Azerbaijani, Gaza, Ethiopia women win media awards

NEW YORK (AP) — A columnist imprisoned under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism laws, an Azerbaijani investigative radio reporter who had surveillance cameras planted in her apartment and a Palestinian blogger who has been beaten and tortured for reporting on abuses and protests in Gaza have received Courage In Journalism awards from a women's media group.

The International Women's Media Foundation also honored 70-year-old Pakistani journalist Zubeida Mustafa with its lifetime achievement award during a lunch in New York on Wednesday. Honored as the first woman in Pakistani mainstream media, Mustafa worked to encourage the hiring of women during her 30 years at Dawn, a widely circulated English-language newspaper.

Khadija Ismayilova, 35, of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan, freelance journalist Asmaa al-Ghoul, 30, of Gaza and Ethiopian columnist Reeyot Alemu, 31, won the courage awards.