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Chinese Journalist Wins Freedom Prize For Story Against Corruption

  • May 4th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

lorenzo-natali-prize.jpeOn World Press Freedom Day (3.5.07) the European Union awarded its Lorenzo Natali media prize to the Hong Kong based writer, Leu Siew Yong, for her report called: “From village protest to national flashpoint”.

The report detailed the story of people in a Guangzhou village demanding the recall from office of their mayor, suspected of corruption.

The European Development Commissioner, Louis Michel, making the presentation, said: “Without democracy, without freedom of the press, development is not sustainable.”

The Lorenzo Natali prize is named in honour of a former EC Commissioner who had special interests in human rights and world economic development.

Mr Michel also joined in calls for the release of the British journalist, Alan Johnston, missing, believed abducted in Gaza.

He said 110 journalists had been killed during 2006, of whom 45 in Iraq.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, at the Iraq Stabilisation forum in Egypt, also called for the release of Mr Johnston.

Picture: Leu Siew Yong with Louis Michel at the EC media centre, Brussels; EU AV