Filipino journalist Jamela Alindogan was honored by the Swedish Foreign Ministry and UNESCO, along with nine other female journalists from around the world—Barkha Dutt, Laura Castellanos, Galina Timochenko, Jessikka Aro, Anita Sarkeesian, Miranda Patrucic, Baria Alamuddin, Anita Sarkeesian, Fatuma Noor, and Anna Gullberg. They were recognized and celebrated for the work they have done in journalism, “for defying hate speech and threats, pursuing mission of providing citizens with the information needed to make enlightened decisions about their lives, their communities and their governments.”
“It is a great honour from me to be recognised alongside other amazing female journalists from around the world. We face unprecedented challenges when it comes to press freedom but I believe there has also never been a greater time to be a journalist. My nine years with Al Jazeera has definitely enriched my experience and understanding of a journalism, a profession I consider both a privilege and a calling.”
She, along with other journalists, were invited to Sweden for a couple of days to commemorate the 250th year of the Swedish Freedom of Press Act. Based on her Twitter posts, she was also given the chance to talk about journalism in the time of hate and threats.
In Sweden @SweInstitute part of the Freedom of the Press Act celeb. I will be discussing journalism in the time of hate,threats #Journosafe
Jamela is no stranger to these as she has been working for Al Jazeera English for nine years. She has covered and done reporting for the Philippines and other parts of South East Asia—mostly in the conflicted areas of Mindanao. She was also present to cover the elections in Malaysia and Indonesia.