25 April 2005
Source: Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)–a founding member of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)–is one of the recipients of this year’s Templeton Freedom Prize for Excellence in Promoting Liberty. The award, which is administered by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the United States, recognizes the contributions of nonprofit organizations to a free society.
CMFR won the second prize in the “ethics and values” category for its work in protecting and strengthening freedom of the press in the Philippines while promoting journalistic integrity and excellence. The first prize went to Bulgaria’s Access to Information Program, which assists its government in ensuring transparency and accountability through research, opinions, and representation in court cases.
CMFR is the first Philippine-based organization to win a Templeton Prize. The awards will be given during the 5th Atlas Liberty Forum on April 27 and 28 in Florida.
Ethics and values is one of the Templeton award program’s three categories, The three others are free market solutions to poverty, social entrepreneurship, and student outreach.