Friday, 6 November 2009

2009 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

2009 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award Ceremony
The award ceremony of the 2009 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award will be held on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. This year’s award laureate is Mr. Kim Seong-Min, founder and director of Free North Korea Radio

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[creative-radio] Seoul-based Free North Korea Radio station director wins Democracy and Human Rights Award


Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières

6 November 2009

Call for more international support for exile radios after station
director wins award

Reporters Without Borders congratulates Kim Seong-Min, founder and
director of the Seoul-based Free North Korea Radio, on winning the Taiwan
Foundation for Democracy's Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. The
foundation announced today that he is to be this year's laureate.

"We urge the international community to be much more supportive of the
North Korean exile journalists who use radio stations to defy the
relentless censorship imposed by Kim Jong-il," Reporters Without Borders

"Stations such as Free North Korea Radio, Radio Free Chosun, Open Radio
North Korea and North Korea Reform Radio are the best way to open a breach
in Pyongyang's mind-destroying propaganda," the press freedom organisation
continued. "We also urge the South Korean authorities to support their
efforts to be heard by more North Koreans."

In today's announcement, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy said Kim
Seong-Min was being awarded the prize for his "courageous defiance" of the
North Korean regime and for his efforts to provide independent news and
information to the North Korean people. Reporters Without Borders
supported his candidacy.

Reporters Without Borders provides financial support to three North Korean
exile radio stations and has just launched this video appeal on their

More information about the award:


Le directeur de la radio Free NK récompensé : Reporters sans frontières
lance un appel à davantage de soutien international

Reporters sans frontières félicite chaleureusement Kim Seong-Min,
directeur et fondateur de Free North Korea Radio, pour le prix pour les
droits de l'homme et la démocratie en Asie 2009 qui vient de lui être
décerné par la Fondation Taiwan pour la Démocratie.

"Nous appelons la communauté internationale à apporter un soutien beaucoup
plus massif aux efforts des journalistes nord-coréens qui, grâce aux
radios, défient la censure implacable imposée par Kim Jong-il. Free North
Korea Radio, mais également Radio Free Chosun, Open Radio for North Korea
et North Korea Reform Radio sont le meilleur moyen d'ouvrir des brèches
dans la propagande abrutissante imposée par le régime de Pyongyang. Nous
appelons notamment les autorités sud-coréennes à soutenir leurs efforts
pour mieux se faire entendre des Nord-Coréens", a déclaré l'organisation.

Le 6 novembre 2009, la Fondation Taiwan pour la Démocratie a annoncé que
ce prix récompensait sa "défiance courageuse" de Kim Seong-Min à l'égard
du régime nord-coréen et son travail en faveur de la diffusion
d'informations vers la Corée du Nord. Reporters sans frontières avait
soutenu la candidature de Kim Seong-Min pour ce prix.

Reporters sans frontières, qui soutient financièrement trois radios
nord-coréennes, lance cet appel vidéo :

Plus d'informations sur le prix :

Vincent Brossel
Asia-Pacific Desk
Reporters Without Borders
33 1 44 83 84 70

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