Washington, D.C., May 18, 2010 - Voice of America reporters Sok Pov of
the Khmer Service and Rahman Bunairee of Deewa Radio have been honored
with David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards for their daring and
thought-provoking broadcasts from two of the world's most dangerous and
The awards, which recognize courage, integrity and
originality in reporting, were presented at the Voice of America
Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Sok Pov was cited for a series of
reports that took him deep into the jungles of northern Cambodia for
profiles of former Khmer Rouge leaders who face possible arrest for
crimes against humanity in connection with the genocide that killed 1.5
million Cambodians in the 1970's. Sok was able to locate the former
officials with the help of local chiefs who recognized his voice from
Rahman Bunairee was recognized for his reporting on the
2009 clashes between Pakistani troops and militants in Pakistan's
tribal areas. Bunairee fled to the United States after militants,
apparently angered by his coverage, set off a bomb at his family home
and threatened him.
The David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards are
named after the former Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors,
an independent federal agency which supervises all U.S.
government-supported, civilian international broadcasting.
this year: Jin-Seo Lee of Radio Free Asia's Korean Service, Laura Juan
Huang of RFA's Mandarin Service, Mohamed Mokhtari and Betty Ayoub of
Alhurra Television, and Elena Rodriguez from Radio Marti.
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