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Women awarded for courage in journalism

The Courage in Journalism Awards show people that women journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. It honours the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths, the International Women’s Media Foundation said when announcing the 2022 winners:

Lynsey Addario (US), a veteran photojournalist covering conflict zones for more than 20 years; Victoria Roshchyna (Ukraine), a freelance journalist reporting from the frontlines of the Russian invasion; Cerise Castle (US), a freelancer who wrote the first history of deputy gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The annual Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award is given to Xuegin (Sophia) Huang, a Chinese journalist imprisoned since September 2021 for her coverage of corruption and social justice issues.

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises, and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times for more than two decades. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Syria, and ongoing war in Ukraine. In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world’s conflicts.

Freelance journalist Victoria Roshchyna is reporting for Ukrayinska Pravda, Hromadske and Radio Free Europe. Throughout her 6+ years in journalism, Roshchyna has primarily covered complex and dangerous topics – including crime, courts, human rights and war – to bring power to account. Roshchyna has been reporting exclusively on the war in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began in February 2022. In March 2022, Roshchyna was captured twice by Russian forces in the eastern regions of Ukraine, the second time held for 10 days in Berdyansk.

Los Angeles-based freelance journalist Cerise Castle specializes in arts & culture, civil rights, crime, and human interest stories. She’s produced and hosted segments for the Emmy-award winning nightly news program, VICE News Tonight, NPR, and several podcasts. Castle wrote “A Tradition of Violence,” the first history of deputy gangs inside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation was published as a 15-part reporting series for Knock LA exposing 18 gangs, 19 documented murders (all of whom were people of colour), and over $100 million dollars in lawsuits paid for by the people of Los Angeles. The podcast of the same name and subject matter is due out in October 2022.

Chinese journalist Xueqin (Sophia) Huang disappeared on September 19, one day before she was scheduled to board a plane to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Sussex. On September 27, the U.S.-Congress funded Radio Free Asia reported that Huang was being held in extrajudicial detention by government agents. Huang is a freelance journalist who has covered social issues on her personal blog since 2018. She previously worked as an investigative reporter for Chinese-language outlets Xinquaibao and Southern Metropolis Weekly, according to news reports.

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