The Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, which this year honors the Committee to Protect Journalists, will be presented by the University of Connecticut and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on Monday Oct. 5, with a special film showing preceding this event.
The events are free and open to the public.
The Committee to Protect Journalists
For nearly 30 years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has been defending the rights of journalists worldwide to report the news without fear of reprisal.
Every year, the CPJ receives more than 2,000 reports of freedom-of-the-press violations, ranging from censorship and harassment to arbitrary detention and homicide.
Its five regional program coordinators – representing Africa, the Americas, Asia, Central Europe and the former Soviet republics, and the Middle East – track developments through independent research, fact-finding missions, and firsthand contacts in the field, including reports from other journalists.
By publicly revealing abuses against the press and by acting on behalf of imprisoned and threatened journalists, the CPJ effectively warns journalists and news organizations where attacks on press freedom are occurring.
The CPJ organizes vigorous public protests and works through diplomatic channels to effect change.
The CPJ publishes articles and news releases, special reports and Attacks on the Press, the most comprehensive annual survey of press freedom around the world.
The death of journalist Daniel Pearl
At 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Student Union Theatre on the UConn campus, there will be a showing of “A Mighty Heart,” starring Angelina Jolie.
It is the true story of the 2002 kidnapping and subsequent murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl as told by his wife, Mariane Pearl.
Mariane Pearl will speak at the Dodd Prize Ceremony.
(Parking is at the South Garage for a fee.)
Panel on impunity
The award presentation to the CPJ begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 in the plaza of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the UConn campus.
Speakers will include UConn President Michael J. Hogan; Sen. Christopher J. Dodd; Helena Foulkes; Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon; Co-Founder, Committee to Protect Journalists, Michael Massing; and author Mariane Pearl.
The award presentation will be followed by lunch at noon in the plaza of the Homer Babbidge Library. (In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Student Union Theatre, followed by lunch in the Student Union Ballroom.)
At 2 p.m., there will be a panel presentation in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center, the “Global Campaign Against Impunity.”
Panelists will include: investigative journalist and author of, Marked for Death, Terry Gould; CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator, Nina Ognianova; and CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon.
Panel Moderator will be Department Head and Professor in the UConn Journalism Department Maureen Croteau.
For more information about these events, contact Jean Nelson, 486-6346.
Posted Sept. 29, 2001
Learn more about Mariane Pearl:
The Daniel Pearl Foundation:
Mariane Pearl on her husband’s execution and forgiveness:
Time Magazine, “10 questions for Mariane Pearl”:
About Thomas J. Dodd:
Acceptance speech of award-winning, international journalist Mariane Pearl, who was honored at the 2008 Internews Media Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C. on June 5: