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Urbino Press Award 2010


[testo solo in inglese]

Notable Washington Post commentator David Ignatius is the recipient of the fifth edition of the ‘Urbino Press Award’ given yearly to an American journalist for distinguished ‘reporting on the ever-changing world.’

The decision was announced on April 19, 2010, by Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Giulio Terzi during a ceremony held at the Embassy in Washington and attended by major exponents from the world of journalism as well as representatives from the Obama administration. “Aside from recognition of the work of an excellent journalist – stated the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Maurizio Sacconi, in Washington for the G20 meetings and present at the award ceremony at the Embassy – the award represents a tribute from Italy to an American journalist.”

National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama General Jim Jones was also present as were award winners from previous years. Thomas Friedman from the New York Times was the recipient of the 2009 award. ‘The award – stated Ambassador Terzi before announcing the name of this year’s winner – is by now part of the American capital’s calendar of main events, also because it symbolically celebrates the bond between Italian Renaissance culture and the values of liberty and democracy on which the United States was founded.” The award will be given to David Ignatius by Giovanni Lani, President of the Urbino Press Award, and by representatives of local authorities in a ceremony in Urbino on June 11. Ignatius is also well-known for his activities as a novelist: Ridley Scott’s film Body of Lies starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe was based on his book of the same name.


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April 19, 2010 – Ambassador Giulio Terzi (third photo from the right) announces the winner of the 2010 Urbino Press Award, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius (first and second photo from the right); General James Jones, US National Security Advisor, arrives at the ceremony (fourth photo from the right) – (news)