Nieman Fellows Honor Belarusian Journalist, Zhanna Litvina, With 2004 Louis Lyons Award

June 2004
Nieman Reports;Summer2004, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p111
Zhanna Litvina, a pioneering radio journalist in Belarus, has been selected by the sitting class of Nieman Fellows to receive the 2004 Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. Litvina became head of the youth program of the Belarusian State Radio in 1994 and turned the program into an independent voice, which eventually led to its shutdown in 1995. Litvina and 38 others then founded the Belarusian Association of Journalists. In 1995 Litvina founded the only independent radio station on the Belarusian FM dial, 101.2, which was shut down a year later. Litvina came up with the idea of moving the radio station to neighboring Poland. The radio station has been broadcasting to Belarus from polish territory on medium and short waves since 1999. Nominator Masha Gessen received the award on behalf of Litvina, who was unable to attend the May 11th, 2004 award ceremony at the Nieman Foundation. The Lyons Award was named in honor of Louis M. Lyons, known for his journalistic integrity, who was in the first class of Nieman Fellows in 1939 and who served as curator of the Nieman Foundation for 25 years. The award carries a $1,000 honorarium. Twenty-four individuals, groups and organizations have received the Lyons Award since it was established by the 1964 class of Nieman Fellows.


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