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Meduza director Galina Timchenko honored with international press freedom award

Galina Timchenko, Meduza’s co-founder, executive director, and publisher, has been awarded the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The Committee’s 32nd annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner was held on November 17, in New York.

Other awardees include the editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda, Sevgil Musaieva; Cuban journalist Abraham Jimenez Enoa; Niyaz Abdullah, journalist from Iraqi Kurdistan; and Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang.

In her acceptance speech, Galina Timchenko said:

Meduza was blocked in Russia a week after the war began. However, we can reach millions of Russian readers who need the truth more than ever. Our duty, our mission stays the same – to provide independent, objective information to our readers, and not to leave them alone at this darkest hour.

I’d like to paraphrase one old man, who was brave enough to save his country during the Second World War. He once said, “Victory is not final. Defeat is not failure.” It’s all about the courage to continue. And we will continue. I promise.

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Galina Timchenko was awarded the European Journalist of the Year prize at the Prix Europa media festival, established by EU authorities, in Potsdam on October 28.

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