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Embassy of France Honors Press Freedom

Embassy of France Honors Press Freedom

Published on October 3, 2013

On October 2, the Embassy of France, in partnership with Reporters Without Borders USA, gathered diplomatic officials, journalists, and press freedom activists to honor press freedom.

The evening also highlighted the fifth anniversary of the Peter Mackler Award, given to journalists working in environments where information is often limited or repressed.

The prize is administered by the Global Media Forum and bears the name of the late reporter and Washington bureau chief for the Agence France-Presse, Peter Mackler.

The 2013 recipient of the Peter Mackler Award is Faisal Mohamed Salih, a Sudanese journalist who has been imprisoned for shedding light on human rights abuses in his home country, Sudan. Mr. Salih will be honored at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on October 24.

During the special evening, a photo exhibit, titled Revolutions: Photographs of the Arab Spring, was inaugurated. It showcased 55 photographs by the late Rémi Ochlik, a French photojournalist who was killed on assignment.

Over repeated trips that began in 2011, Mr. Ochlik traveled to North Africa to document the Arab Spring revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia.

In February 2012, he died at the age of 28 while shooting in Homs, Syria, during the bombardment of a media center.

His photographs have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Time Magazine, Paris Match, and VSD.

More than 200 people came to see Mr. Ochlik’s photographs at the Embassy’s cultural center, La Maison Française. Ambassador François Delattre, who spoke at the event, described hosting the program "an immense honor" for the Embassy of France.

- Read the Ambassador’ s speech

- For photos of Press Freedom Night 2013, please click here


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