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BBG 2015 Burke Award Winners Announced

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has unveiled the winners of the 2015 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards. Tackling topics from Nigeria to the Middle East and Azerbaijan, these awards are given to journalists who have shown exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in their reporting.

These are the winners:

  • The staff of Azerbaijan Service’s Baku Bureau, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, for their investigative reporting in the face of beatings, harassment, and forced closure by the Azeri government
  • The producers of Alhurra’s “Delusional Paradise,” Middle East Broadcasting Network, for a series that provides a voice for the living victims of violent extremism
  • Shohret Hoshur, Uyghur Service at Radio Free Asia, for reporting on Xinjiang and the Uyghur nation, despite threats to family
  • Jose Alpizar, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, for developing a distribution system for Martí content in Cuba
  • Ibrahim Ahmed, Voice of America’s Hausa Service, for reporting from Boko Haram targeted territory in northeastern Nigeria

“Every day our journalists overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to bring exceptional reporting to audiences in media-restricted countries,” said John Lansing, CEO of BBG. “It is with honor and humility that we recognize these outstanding individuals who risk their livelihoods to provide accurate, uncensored information to those who need it most.”

The Burke Awards will be presented during a special ceremony in December in Washington.