WASHINGTON (AP) _ A journalist in Colombia who returned to work after being kidnapped, a Basque separatist whose home was bombed and a Sudan editor who was jailed after uncovering corruption will receive this year's Courage in Journalism Awards from the International Women's Media Foundation.

The foundation announced Wednesday that Jineth Bedoya Lima, Carmen Gurruchaga and Amal Abbas, will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York on Oct. 16.

``Working in different parts of the globe and on different stories, these three journalists share a commitment to the highest standards in journalism,'' said CNN's Judy Woodruff, a foundation board member.

``By honoring them we are turning a spotlight on those parts of the world where press freedom does not exist and where women journalists toil in extreme conditions to bring the truth into the open.''

Lima, a reporter for El Espectador in Bogota, Colombia, writes about the conflict between the government and paramilitary groups. In May 2000, she interviewed a paramilitary leader in a Colombian prison and was kidnapped, beaten and raped by suspected military assassins. She continues her work under armed guard and vows to report in her country inspite of death threats.

Gurruchaga covers the Basque separatist movement for Madrid's El Mundo newspaper. In 1997, Gurruchaga narrowly escaped a bomb planted in her home. She continues to report under armed guard.

Abbas is the only female editor-in-chief of her publication in Sudan. Her newspaper, the Al-Rai Al-Akher, is one of the leading independent dailies in the country. As editor, Abbas has pursued investigative stories that have revealed corruption among Sudanese official. She has been fined and jailed for her work.

The International Women's Media Foundation was founded in 1990 to advance the role of women in the media throughout the world.