Celebrate World Press Freedom, U.S Embassy will award Marie Colvin scholarships for 20 journalists

Celebrate World Press Freedom, U.S Embassy will award Marie Colvin scholarships for 20 journalists

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DILI, 03 may 2022 (TATOLI)—The United States Embassy in Timor-Leste celebrates World Press Freedom Day by awarding the Marie Colvin Memorial English Scholarship to 20 journalists to support media in Timor-Leste (TL).

“On this World Press Freedom Day, we are proud to open the Marie Colvin Memorial English Scholarship application to support the media in Timor-Leste,” said the official portal for the US Embassy in Timor-Leste accessed by Tatoli.

As part of the celebration of 20 years of U.S-TL diplomatic relations, this year the U.S will provide up to 20 scholarships for Timorese journalists between the ages of 20-and 35 to develop their English language skills for media reporting.

This scholarship is awarded in honor of Marie Colvin, an American journalist who bravely reported during Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence and was credited with saving the lives of hundreds of people in 1999.

“Timorese journalists do not miss this opportunity! Applications will be open until May 31,” the portal wrote.

Marie Colvin was an American journalist who worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1985 until she died in 2012.

He was one of the most admired war correspondents of his generation, often reporting at great personal risk from dangerous locations, including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Syria.

During the violence that followed Timor-Leste’s independence referendum in 1999, Marie Colvin was credited with saving the lives of 1,500 women and children from the UN compound when it was besieged by Indonesian-backed forces.

Refusing to leave them, She remained in the compound, reporting in newspapers and on television. Her reporting was credited with their evacuation after four days.

She later wrote of his experience, “I feel proud that my reporting contributed to the reversal of the UN decision to withdraw. I embarrass the decision-makers and it feels good because it saves lives.”

In honor of Marie Colvin’s role in Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence, her courageous reporting, and her commitment to human rights, the U.S Embassy in Dili is now accepting applications for the Marie Colvin Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship is for enthusiastic and committed journalists in Timor-Leste who want to improve their English language skills. The scholarship will cover tuition fees for a General English course at Lorosa’e English Language Institute (LELI) over three 15-week periods, for a total of 45 weeks (180 hours).

Eligible candidates must be citizens and reside in TL; Currently working as a journalists in a media company in TL; Have between the ages of 20-35; Basic English skills.

Motivated and committed to taking English courses and improving English skills until the end of the course. Have a letter of reference and permission from the director of the company, stating that work time has been allocated for this educational activity.


Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor : Nelia Borges


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