The Committee to Protect Journalists honored courageous journalists from around the world with its 2018 International Press Freedom Awards. The ceremony took place in New York City on Tuesday.
Ukrainian reporter Anastasiya Stanko appeared among the honorees.
'These brave journalists have faced legal action, physical attacks, threats, and arrests in retaliation for their work', the CPJ said.
CPJ also honored Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, founder and chief executive officer of the news website Rappler, with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
CPJ's 2018 IPFA honorees are:
- Amal Khalifa Idris Habbani, Sudan
- Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as "Mother Mushroom," Vietnam
- Luz Mely Reyes, Venezuela
- Anastasiya Stanko, Ukraine
Anastasiya Stanko is a Ukrainian journalist and TV presenter and a member of the "Stop censorship" movement, an anti-censorship group made up of journalists and media organizations in Ukraine. In 2013, she co-founded the independent media channel Hromadske, which is registered as a non-governmental organization. She previously had worked for the national TV channels Pershiy and TVI.
In March 2014, Stanko was in Crimea covering the referendum and annexation of the peninsula. Two months later, she became a war correspondent, reporting on the conflict in the Donbass area of eastern Ukraine. In June 2014, she and her cameraman were taken hostage by the so-called Luhansk People's Republic and held in the basement of a building in Luhansk city. Two days later, they were freed.
Stanko has produced various video reports and articles about the war, with an emphasis on civilians living in and around the conflict zone. She started a project called Hromadske.East which focuses on the stories around the conflict. She has also authored several investigations about the mass shooting on Maidan Square in early 2014, which feature interviews with the police's special forces unit who were charged with killing unarmed protesters. As a result of these works, Stanko won the main prize at the 2016 Mezhyhirya Festival and was a finalist at another journalism competition.
Stanko continues to report on human rights violations by the police and Ukraine's Security Service in the conflict zone. Her latest documentary, "The Secret Compound," is about people illegally detained by Ukraine's Security Service.