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Tibetan Broadcaster Wins David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award

June 9, 2009

Radio Free Asia


Saturday, 6 June 2009




Dharamshala: Tseten Dolkar of the Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia (RFA)
was honoured with the 2009 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award for
her outstanding reporting during 10 months of 2008 covering the peaceful
Tibetan protests.




Dolkar, a member of Radio Free Asia's Tibetan service, received the award at
a ceremony held by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in the Cohen
Building in Washington on Wednesday, 3 June.




Named after former BBG Chairman David Burke, the award recognizes courage,
integrity and originality in reporting by journalists within the BBG
broadcast organizations.




"She helped cover the earliest stories of Tibetan unrest due to the Tibetan
peoples' trust in her objectivity, as she employed multiple sources,
including the Chinese police, and triple-checked her stories before
broadcasting," said BBG Governor Blanquita Cullum.




"We are proud of Tseten Dolkar, who is deserving of this wonderful honor and
high praise, as is the staff of Radio Free Asia's Tibetan service, for their
tireless work in breaking this story," RFA's website quoted Libby Liu,
President of Radio Free Asia as saying.




"We thank the Broadcasting Board of Governors for recognizing the solid
journalism that went into covering the Chinese crackdown on Tibetan
protesters in March last year and will continue to inform RFA's listeners of
the news happening around them," Libby Liu added.




Another winners of this year's award are: Luis Ramirez of Voice of America
(VOA), the Afghanistan-based correspondents of RFE/RL's Afghan Service, the
radio news department of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), and Serwa
Abdel Wahed and Akram Alrubaiei of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks'
Alhurra TV.




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Liberty (RFE/RL); the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and
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(Radio and TV Marti). Through its broadcast services, the BBG provides the
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