The Committee to Protect Journalists named prominent Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam and three others from Iran, Nigeria, and Russia for the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards.
‘All four have been arrested or faced criminal prosecution in reprisal for their reporting,’ said a report on the website of CPJ.
The three other journalists are- Mohammad Mosaed from Iran, Dapo Olorunyomi from Nigeria while Svetlana Prokopyeva from Russia.
CPJ will also honor lawyer Amal Clooney with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
Joel Simon, CPJ executive director, said that ‘Like brave and committed journalists everywhere, CPJ’s honorees set out to report the news without fear or favor for the benefit of their communities, their country, and the world.’
‘The global pandemic has not only made their jobs more difficult and dangerous, it has fueled a ferocious press freedom crackdown as autocratic leaders around the world suppress unwelcome news under the guise of protecting public health,’ he added.
The winners will be honoured on November 19, 2020, at CPJ’s annual benefit gala, to be chaired this year by Patrick Gaspard, president of Open Society Foundations, and hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Lester Holt.
Due to health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19, this year’s gala will be virtual, with video profiles, compelling press freedom stories, award presentations, and acceptance speeches streamed online and shared around the world.