Ilze Jaunalksne

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Ilze Jaunalksne
Born (1976-11-19) 19 November 1976 (age 42)
Alma materUniversity of Latvia
OccupationJournalist
Years active1999-present

Ilze Jaunalksne (born November 19, 1976 in Jūrmala) is a Latvian journalist and was an anchor for the current affairs program De Facto.[1][1][2] In March 2006 on De Facto, she broke the story of Latvian national political leaders from various different parties buying votes.[1][3] Her reporting on this caused a minister to be forced to resign, and some high-ranking political figures to be indicted.[3] In retaliation, her phone was illegally tapped and transcripts of her conversations released to the media by her opponents in the government.[1]

In response to this invasion of her privacy, Jaunalksne took the government to court for defamation of character, which was the first such case in Latvia.[1][2][4] She won, with the Latvian Financial Police being ordered to pay her 100,000 lats ($187,000) in damages for illegally recording her calls and making the transcripts public, and the Finance Ministry and State Revenue Service being found guilty of invading her privacy.[1]

She received a 2007 International Women of Courage award.[1][2][5] However, she could not attend the ceremonies since she was about to give birth.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Latvian Journalist Who Exposed Government Corruption Honored | IIP Digital
  2. ^ a b c Honorees
  3. ^ a b AWIU » 2007 WOC – Ilze Jaunalksne
  4. ^ The decision in case about claim of Ilze Jaunalksne against compensation of moral harm will be announced on February 18 - February - 2010 - Archive 2003-2012 - About trials - ...
  5. ^ "US trumpets achievement of Latvian journalist". eng.lsm.lv. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ Terrific Women | National Review Online