Source: Baha'i World News Service
On January 30, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Six prominent Brazilian journalists and three media organizations received 'world citizenship awards' at a Baha'i-sponsored event [in Brasilia]. The awards for media coverage promoting human rights were presented at a ceremony at the Ministry of Justice in the federal capital on 13 December 2005. Baha'i spokesman, Washington Araujo, said the jury selected the award winners from among hundreds of candidates. The purpose of this year's theme was to acknowledge the media that paid close attention to vulnerable sectors of society and who highlighted the challenges facing civil society, said Mr. Araujo. Among those attending the ceremony were representatives of the Brazilian National Federation of Journalists, the Brazilian Press Association, the Ambassadors of Guyana, Israel, and the Philippines, members of civil society organizations, and representatives of the Baha'i community of Brazil."