The Nation Institute and the Fertel Foundation jointly co-founded The Ridenhour Prizes in 2003. The inaugural prize recipients were Joe Wilson (Prize for Truth-Telling), Daniel Ellsberg (Courage Prize), and Deborah Scroggins for Emma's War: An Aid Worker, Radical Islam, and the Politics of Oil – A True Story of Love and Death in the Sudan (Book Prize). The Documentary Film Prize was added in 2011; that year, Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha, and Rula Salamehi won for Budrus.
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