Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima wins Golden Pen of Freedom Award

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of WAN-IFRA, has been awarded to Colombian journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima. The award, made virtually due to current COVID-19 restrictions, recognises ‘Ms Bedoya Lima’s dedication to the profession of journalism, her tireless work in promoting and protecting the rights of women, and her courage in confronting and overcoming her own personal tragedy with a level of dignity and determination that serves as an inspiration to peers the world over.’

This award is the greatest encouragement and support that a journalist can receive,” said Bedoya Lima. “Working for press freedom is one of the greatest commitments that a media outlet and a journalist can have and be awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom is also recognition of the tireless fight against impunity that dozens of journalists face around the world,” she added. Reporting on the armed conflict in her native Colombia as well as drug trafficking and gender issues has nourished Jineth’s journalistic work over the past two decades. She currently works as deputy editor for El Tiempo newspaper as well as an internationally recognised speaker.

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