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Three courageous female journalists honored by IWMF


An Associated Press war photographer from Germany, a crime reporter from Bangladesh who was stabbed and beaten, and the founder of a magazine repeatedly threatened with closure by the Iranian government received Courage in Journalism Awards from the International Women's Media Foundation.

The foundation's 15th annual awards were presented to Anja Niedringhaus, Sumi Khan and Shahla Sherkat at a luncheon on Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel attended by more than 500 people. The foundation's belief is that "no press is truly free unless women share an equal voice."

Niedringhaus, 40, who has worked on the front lines covering major conflicts from the Balkans in the 1990s to the war in Iraq, was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography in Iraq.

Khan, 35, reports on politics, crime, minority persecution, Islamic fundamentalism and corruption in Chittagong for the Dhaka paper Daily Samakal and is the only woman crime reporter in the city.

Sherkat, 49, a journalist for 24 years, is the owner and editorial director of the monthly magazine Zanan (Women), which she founded in Tehran in 1991 because she felt mainstream journalism was ignoring serious coverage of women's rights in Iran.

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