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Monday, June 18, 2007

Christiane Amanpour Receives Award From Queen Elizabeth II

The following is an excerpt from a CNN press release posted on Whats Happening At CNN:

For her services to journalism, Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, today was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

The award was announced on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II official birthday, and Amanpour was one of a select number of public and private British citizens to be honored with this prestigious award.

Established in June 1917 by King George V, the CBE is one of five medals that make up the “The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,” which recognizes outstanding contributions in the service of the country and the honoree’s profession. Amanpour is among a small number of journalists to have been awarded a CBE.

Amanpour was interviewed by CNN's John Roberts on American Morning earlier today:

ROBERTS: Well, you've certainly let nothing stand in your way as you have toured around the world to all of these hot spots, trying to shine the bright light of truth on some very dark places. You know, "TIME" magazine once called you the most influential foreign correspondent since Edward R. Murrow. I mean, that's a pretty great thing to have said about you.

AMANPOUR: You know, it's really nice, but I really strongly feel -- and I feel more and more -- that our job is simply to stick to the basics of what this profession is about. It's about reporting without fear nor favor. It's about recognizing the serious in this world and going out and telling the stories, giving a voice to those who don't have a voice, and just simply trying to tell the truth, because our viewers really want it, they really deserve it. And, you know, whether it's against dictators, or whether it's in elected governments, we must always remember that our job is not to be part of the propaganda campaign, but to report without fear nor favor, because if we don't, we can get really into a big disaster. And I, as you know, feel very strongly that that's what happened in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

The full transcript of the interview can be found here.

A full listing of this year's recipients can be downloaded at the UK government website or the London Gazette Online.


Purple Tie said...

She is very deserved of that honor. She almost singled handedly put female foreign correspondants on the map.

cactuskid said...

Congratulations, Christiane! She is one smart lady and she so deserves this award. Her reports are always so intelligently thought out and interesting. I admire her alot in so many ways. She's a great role model for up and coming female reporters and they can learn alot from her.