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Nguyen Linh

Linh's run for journalists in crisis

Half marathon in London for The Rory Peck Trust because many journalists need support.

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  • Event: Ealing Half Marathon 2015, 27 Sep 2015

The Rory Peck Trust

We provide practical assistance & support to freelance newsgatherers & their families

Charity Registration No. 1071844

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As you might know, I got a chance to study a master degree in one of world's leading schools in London. Words can't express how grateful I am for the British tax payers supporting my Chevening scholarship and for London for giving me the warmest welcome during past 12 months.

I always feel I owe this country more than just a scholarship...

As you also know, I would never be a Linh today without superb experiences as a journalist in two British most respected news organisations, the Financial Times and Reuters. Before joining them, I could never have imagined that I would get the chance to interview William Hague, Philip Hammond or Tony Blair.

I always feel I owe this job more than just incredible opportunities...

But, my job is about much more than high-profile interviews.

Given the tight restrictions on the media in Vietnam, many of the stories I have worked on are considered sensitive, making it unsafe to do the job.

Without guns and bombs, tourists see Vietnam a very peaceful destination. Without protests and movements, investors see Vietnam a very stable environment. 

However, the country is never a safe place for journalists. It was in top 5 world's worst jailers of press in 2014 according to Committee to Protect Journalists. My colleagues who are working there and their family do need more hostile environment training and financial help. But more important, psychological support.

My wish is that journalists in Vietnam, and other countries lack of press freedom, could get free and professional mental help from international community.

The Rory Peck Trust is a London-based NGO providing practical assistance and support to freelance journalists worldwide, to promote their welfare and safety, and to support their right to report freely and without fear. Rory Peck is a freelance cameraman killed in Moscow in 1993.

On the 27th of September 2015, I’m running the Ealing Half Marathon, the London's best half marathon for The Rory Peck Trust to pay tribute to this foggy country as well as to help journalists in crisis who are less lucky than me.

It would be great if you could donate and share my page so I can raise as much as possible to help them provide practical assistance and support to freelance newsgatherers and their families. 

Thank you very much.

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