Mexican reporter, Lydia Cacho, received a Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation in New York for her role in uncovering a paedophile ring in Mexico, involving wealthy, powerful people allegedly protected by the Mexican government. Cacho was abducted by the police, threatened with death, and sued because of her story. Her struggle is now before the Mexico Supreme Court. The story of the award can be seen all over the world in articles like this ABC News story.

Also receiving this award were members of McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau, Serkalem Fasil of Ethiopia. Peta Thornycroft of Zimbabwe received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

It is clear that the importance of a free press is recognized worldwide, while in Barbados freedom of speech is inhibited by draconian libel laws.