Recipient of 2010 Martin Adler Prize Announced

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 Written by Rory Peck Trust

Mexican freelancer Arturo Perez to be recipient of the 2010 Martin Adler Prize.

Mexican freelancer Arturo Perez, who covers the bloody drugs war in Mexico’s most violent city of Ciudad Juarez, will be the recipient of the 2010 Martin Adler Prize at this year’s Rory Peck Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the Prize honours a freelancer who has played an exceptional role in the telling of a significant news story.

Arturo Perez is a freelancer who covers the bloody drugs war in Mexico's most violent city of Ciudad Juarez.  He took the bold decision to base himself there in 2008 as the wave of violence, sparked by drug wars, started to engulf the city.

Arturo has provided a wealth of stories on the city’s gruesome drugs violence - filming the aftermath of murders of U.S. consulate workers, the mass killing of 15 people slain by gunmen during a high-school party, and the killing of 19 young addicts at a drug rehab centre. His work has highlighted how the drugs war is claiming more and more victims not involved with the trade – children, women and university students. In 2009, some 2,750 people were killed in Juarez and it is estimated that by the end of 2010, the body count will reach 3,000.

“Arturo has captured with his camera shocking images which document the massacres, attacks, disappearances and car bombs which have left thousands of victims in a city which has become the battle ground for criminal gangs”, says Manuel Carrillo, Senior Producer at Reuters Television in Mexico, who nominated Arturo for the Prize. “Despite threats and intimidation from these gangs and even from the security forces, Arturo has remained strong and unfailing in his coverage – mindful of the fact that in Mexico, other journalists have been killed just for fulfilling their duty to keep society informed”.

Tira Shubart, Trustee of the Rory Peck Trust said, “For the past five years Mexico has been in the top three most dangerous countries in the world for journalists – a little know fact until recently.  So we are pleased to honour Arturo Perez who, every day, is committed to gathering news under the most difficult and threatening of circumstances”.

Since 2006, at least 30 journalists and media workers have been killed in Mexico, according to the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Dozens more have been attacked, kidnapped or forced into exile, making it one of the world's most dangerous countries for the media. Arturo will be awarded the Martin Adler Prize at the 2010 Rory Peck Awards ceremony on Wednesday 17 November at London’s BFI Southbank. This year’s event will be hosted by Julie Etchingham of ITV News and Rageh Omaar of Aljazeera English. Tickets can be booked at www.rorypecktrust.org.

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