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2017 I.F. Stone Medal recipient Victor S. Navasky with Celia Gilbert, left, and Florence Graves. Lisa Abitbol

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I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

2017 Winner

Victor S. Navasky

Victor S. Navasky

Journalist and author Victor S. Navasky is winner of the 2017 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in recognition of his career dedicated to journalistic integrity and for his work speaking truth to power beyond the confines of mainstream media.

Navasky has served as editor, publisher and now publisher emeritus of The Nation, which was founded at the end of the Civil War and remains the oldest continually published weekly in the United States. In 1994, when the magazine’s survival was seriously threatened, Navasky moved from editor to publisher, eventually achieving a remarkable turnaround. He is professor emeritus at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he directed the Delacorte Center for Magazines and was chair of the Columbia Journalism Review. He continues to serve on the CJR board.

About the Award

Established in 2008, the I.F. Stone Medal recognizes journalistic independence and honors the life of investigative journalist I.F. Stone.

The award is presented annually to a journalist whose work captures the spirit of independence, integrity, courage and indefatigability that characterized I.F. Stone’s Weekly, published from 1953 to 1971.

An advisory committee of journalists oversees nominations and the selection of an annual medal winner. The committee is chaired by Florence Graves, founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

About I.F. Stone

Journalist I.F. Stone’s passion for speaking his mind incurred the wrath of the powerful. His opposition to Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his determination to expose the excesses of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI led to attacks on his credibility and reputation during the McCarthy Era in the early 1950s.

The I.F. Stone Medal bears a likeness of an issue of I.F. Stone’s Weekly with a headline on the Tonkin Gulf affair, ‘All We Really Know Is That We Fired The First Shots.’ (PDF)

Stone was one of only a few journalists who reported on the U.S. government’s false allegations that the North Vietnamese had attacked a U.S. destroyer in 1964, the claim President Johnson used to persuade the Senate to approve the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which ultimately paved the way for the country to enter the Vietnam War.

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