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Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida wins World Press Freedom Hero award

Date: 25 April 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards

International Press Institute (IPI) has declared Dawn editor and columnist Cyril Almeida from Pakistan as recipient of its 71st World Press Freedom Hero award. He was awarded in recognition of his tenacious coverage of Pakistani state’s patronage of militant groups. His work has made him and Dawn a target especially from country’s rogue military establishment.  Pakistan Government in 2016 had imposed travel ban on Almeida after he reported on extraordinary verbal confrontation between the country’s civilian government and military.

World Press Freedom Heroes

They are individuals who have been recognized by Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) for significant contributions to maintenance of press freedom and freedom of expression and indomitable courage. The first 50 "heroes" were selected on occasion of 50th anniversary of IPI in 2000, and awarded at its World Congress in Boston. India’s Arun Shourie was one of them. Since then, 20 additional heroes have been added to the list, several of them posthumously.

International Press Institute

  • It is global organisation dedicated to promotion and protection of press freedom and improvement of journalism practices.  
  • It was founded in October 1950. It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. It has members in over 120 countries. Its membership is made up of editors and media executives working for some of world's most respected media outlets.
  • It enjoys consultative status with UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.