PCIJ bags another int’l award
from Google and Global Voices

Just weeks after winning the Kate Webb Award from the Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism won yet another international award for its reporting.

The Breaking Borders award is a new prize to honor outstanding web projects that “demonstrate courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the internet to promote freedom of expression,” according to the official Breaking Borders website. The award was created by Google and Global Voices, with the support of the Thomson Reuters news agency.

The Breaking Borders logo

“The prize will honor work in three categories: tools that promote freedom of expression, outstanding work on policy and activism or journalism that contributed an important voice or argument,” the Breaking Borders website states.

Three groups were awarded the prize in ceremonies in Santiago, Chile on May 6 in recognition of their fight for free expression online: PCIJ (policy), Kubatana.net (advocacy), and BOSCO-Uganda (technology).

The Arroyo Wealth series

The PCIJ was awarded the prize for its series of online, print, and broadcast stories on the unusual growth of the wealth of President Gloria Arroyo. PCIJ Executive Director Malou Mangahas flew to Santiago to receive the award on behalf of the organization.

Read the full story in Google’s official blog here.

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