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Associate Editor of Arunachal Pradesh Tongam Rina has been selectedfor the prestigious – “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media – 2013” instituted by Media Foundation, Leipzig, Germany.
Besides Tongam, German journalists Jörg Armbruster, correspondentof the German broadcast station ARD for the Near and Middle East until 2012, Martin Durm, radio reporter of the German broadcast station SWR and Brigitte Alfter and Ides Debruyne from Denmark and Belgium have been chosen for this prestigious award.
The Media Foundation awards the Prize to the winner of the “Freedom and Future of the Media” to journalists, publishers and institutions, who show a strong personal commitment to the freedom and future of the media, informed Stephan Seeger, managing director of the Media Foundation.
The prize is also intended to keep alive the memory of the Peaceful Revolution of October 9, 1989 in Leipzig, when protesters demanded “a free press for a free country,” he added.
Earlier, Tongam Rina was honoured with the Laadli Media Award 2011-12 for Gender Sensitivity in November last year at Kolkata.
Tongam Rina was critically injured in a murder attempt by gunmen on July 15 last year in front of the editorial office of the newspaper. It is believed that the attempted murder is connected to Rina’s journalistic work.
Currently, Tongam Rina is a guest of the “Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte“(“Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People”). She wants to investigate further on from Germany. This steadfastness – as well as her former work as president of the journalists’ union in Arunachal Pradesh – makes her a model for young journalists in India.