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Photo: Eisendrath accepts special Emmy for press freedom

Charles Eisendrath (right), director of the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan and the recently elected chairman of the American Committee of the International Press Institute (IPI), and institute Director Johann Fritz (center) accept an Emmy award for the organization's worldwide support of press freedom Sept. 25 in New York at the 27th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The black-tie ceremony was attended by prominent journalists and industry executives, including CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley, "ABC World News Tonight" anchor Charles Gibson and former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Founded in 1950, IPI is a global organization dedicated to press freedom, with members in more than 120 countries. American Committee members include Bill Keller, New York Times executive editor; Gene Roberts, former Philadelphia Inquirer executive editor and '97 U-M Honorary Degree recipient; and Tom Curley, Associated Press president and chief executive officer. IPI regularly undertakes missions to countries where press freedom is endangered, meets with the heads of governments and intergovernmental organizations and analyzes draft legislation that threatens press freedom. Pictured with Eisendrath and Fritz is John McMeel, former American Committee chair. (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown)

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