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GHANAIAN REPORTER AND U.S. FREELANCER WIN KURT SCHORK AWARDS

A Ghanaian undercover reporter who uncovered an intricate case of human trafficking and a U.S. freelancer who was deported from Pakistan are this year's winners of the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an investigative reporter with an independent Ghanaian newspaper, won in the local journalist category for his undercover work on human trafficking. As a result of his investigation into a major human trafficking ring in Accra, 17 Nigerian girls who were going to be sold into prostitution in Europe and the U.S. were rescued. The judges said his work was a good example of "journalism that has brought about real change for the better."

Nicholas Schmidle picked up first place in the freelance journalist category for his stories on tribal insurgency in Pakistan and along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, as well as Iranian influence in Western Afghanistan. The publication of his piece "Next-Gen Taliban" in "The New York Times", the culmination of nearly two years of reporting about the Pakistan Taliban, led the government to deport him and his wife from the country two days after it was published.

Launched in 2001 after freelance reporter Kurt Schork was killed in Sierra Leone on assignment for Reuters, the Schork Awards honour excellence and bravery in freelance reporting from areas of crisis and transition. This year's awards were presented to the winners on 20 November in London, U.K., followed by a panel discussion on "Who still cares about foreign news?"

The awards are funded by the Kurt Schork Memorial Foundation and managed by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR).

For more information on the journalists and to read the winning stories, see:
http://tinyurl.com/5ukao2 or contact: vanessa (@) iwpr.net
(26 November 2008)

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