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WPFC award honours President of Glasnost Defense Foundation

The World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) honoured Alexei Simonov, President of the Glasnost Defense Foundation (GDF), with its 2009 Dana Bullen Press Freedom Advocacy Award on 4 December.

GDF was created in 1991 as Russia's first independent press freedom defense organisation.

"We are especially proud to give the second annual award for press freedom advocacy . . . to Alexei Simonov in recognition of all his often frustrating but determined work to keep the promise of press freedom alive in Russia," said Ronald Koven, European Representative of WPFC.

In a video acceptance speech, Simonov asked participants to stand for a moment of silence for the more than 200 journalists killed in Russia since 1993.

The award carries an honorarium of US$1,000.

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