Google Honored Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

Santiago, Chile—Google along with the group Global Voices honored the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) in the first “Breaking Borders Award” held during the Global Voices Summit in Chile. The award aims to recognize those groups who fight for the freedom of expression online.


PCIJ and two other groups (Kubatana.net and BOSCO) won the said award. According to Google’s official blog post:

“The awards — given today at the Global Voices Summit where Internet activists from 60 countries have gathered — were originally announced November 3, 2009, when Google and others marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the aim of celebrating how the Internet has become a vital ally in worldwide efforts to advance freedom and political change. This is particularly true at a time when dissidents, journalists and bloggers remain under severe pressure in the online and offline worlds.”
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Nominated groups from around the world are evaluated by a body of experts and one winner is chosen for each category: advocacy, technology and policy. The winners will receive $10000 dollars of fund to support and continue their work.

For the full article see Google's blog article.
Honoring those who give voice to the silenced

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