2012 Izzy Awards

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Broadcast on Ithaca Community Radio, 88.1 in Ithaca. Live broadcast in partnership with WSKG/WSQX, Tuesday, April 10, 7:30pm.

The Park Center for Independent Media will present the fourth annual Izzy Award on Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m in Emerson Suites. The award is being shared by independent journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Kouddous and CMD executive director Lisa Graves will each speak at the ceremony about their exhaustive and critically important independent journalistic work. The program is free and open to the public.

Kouddous covered the Egyptian people’s uprising against dictatorship as a correspondent and senior producer for Democracy Now! His fearless reporting and keen analysis have been featured in many other independent media as well. An HBO documentary, In Tahrir Square, chronicled the uprising through Kouddous’s reporting.

Under Graves’s leadership, CMD exposed and analyzed the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy corporate-governmental partnership that has written and pushed into law pro-corporate bills on issues ranging from the environment and education to workers’ rights and voting rights, both on the federal level and in virtually every state. CMD has been investigative reporting since 1993; it publishes PRWatch, SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA as well as ALEC Exposed.

The Izzy Award is named after dissident journalist I. F. “Izzy” Stone, who launched his muckraking newsletter I.F. Stone’s Weekly in 1953 during the height of the McCarthy witch hunts. Stone, who died in 1989, exposed government deceit and corruption while championing civil liberties, racial justice, and international diplomacy.

More information: http://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php/20120403163455210