Khaosod’s Pravit wins press freedom award

Khaosod’s Pravit wins press freedom award

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has named Khaosod English senior staff writer Pravit Rojanaphruk one of four International Press Freedom award recipients.

Pravit will receive the award from the New York-based organisation dedicated to the safety and independence of journalists, in a ceremony on Nov 15 in New York.

Pravit: Fires up resolve

The CPJ on Tuesday night named Pravit and three other reporters from Cameroon, Mexico and Yemen, who have been harassed, threatened, attacked or imprisoned in the pursuit of truth, as recipients of this year’s awards which aim to bring attention to places where press freedom is under attack.

“When journalists stand in the face of illegitimate military power, they have a choice to make. They can either bow to the military junta or try to resist in a peaceful manner,” Pravit told the Bangkok Post yesterday.

“The award strengthens my resolve to continue to try to fight and maintain the little press freedom we still have left in Thailand.

“If we keep on yielding, we may soon realise that there’s no freedom left,” he said.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on Nov 15 at the Grand Hyatt New York.

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