Thursday, August 21, 2008

Communication for Peace Award won by Amy Goodman

WACC has announced that investigative journalist Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, a daily TV/radio news show airing on more than 700 stations worldwide, is to receive its Communication for Peace Award.
The ceremony will take place at WACC’s international conference – ‘Communication is peace: Building viable communities in Cape Town,South Africa, 6-10 October 2008.

Amy Goodman draws her inspiration from independent thinkers, artists,activists, journalists and alternative media around the world – those who challenge the powers that be. In Static, she writes:‘Every day, Democracy Now! breaks the sound barrier by broadcasting a rich, dissenting, diverse range of voices. This includes the powerful and the grassroots, the banned, the celebrated, the despised, marginalized and gnored. These are the voices of people fighting to make the world a better, more humane, just, peaceful, and more compassionate place.

Since 2006, Goodman has been writing a weekly column Breaking the Sound Barrier for King Features Syndicate. She says her column’s focus is to ‘include voices so often excluded, people whose views the media mostly ignore, issues they distort and even ridicule.

Goodman has published three New York Times best-sellers: The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and The People who Fight Back (2006); and Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008), each
co-authored with her brother, journalist David Goodman.

Source: Amy Goodman to receive Communication for Peace Award