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Nominations open for ‘Martyr of Press Freedom’ Award

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MANILA, April 29, 2013— It’s days to go before the closing date for nominees deserving to receive the “martyr of press freedom” award

Organizers said nominations for the 2013 Titus Brandsma Award Philippines must be submitted on or before May 15. 

Specifically, the Titus Brandsma Media Center (TBMC) is looking for individuals or groups worthy of the honors in the categories of press freedom, leadership in journalism, leadership in community communication, leadership in communication, culture and arts, and leadership in communication and literature. 

The awardees may be a journalist, artist, literary writer/author, song writer, or media group, theater group/institute, musical group, songwriters’ group, scriptwriters’ group, visual artists’ group, community radio station, community newspaper, among others. 

Carmelite Father Christian Buenafe said the award may also be given posthumously. The awarding ceremony is set on July this year. 

The Titus Brandsma Award Philippines is a biennial award to recognize journalists who had exemplary lived-out the virtues of Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Dutch journalist, educator and a Carmelite priest who defended press freedom and right to education during the Second World War, even on the face of death. 

It is also the country’s version of the international Titus Brandsma Award given by the Union Catholique Internationale de la Presse (UCIP), the world forum of professionals in secular and religious media. 

Brandsma was beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1985 and was declared “martyr of press freedom”. 

The (TBMC) is the Carmelite Media Ministry in the Philippines and committed to the pursuit of truth through spirituality and social communication. 

For inquiries, the TBMC may be reached at telephone no. (02) 726-6054 or email them at tbcmedia@yahoo.com. (CBCPNews)


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