International Press Freedom Awards go to Indian freelance reporter, Egyptian
photojournalist, Turkish editor, and El Salvadoran investigative reporter
New York, November 23, 2016--Journalists from India, Egypt, Turkey, and El Salvador were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 26th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks including imprisonment, threats, and legal action.
"These awardees are truly remarkable journalists, all of whom have carried out their work with the knowledge that doing so puts them in real danger," said Sandra Mims Rowe, CPJ Board Chairman. "It is heartening to see such resolve, and to know that even under the most threatening conditions, journalists will always find a way to do their job."
Malini Subramaniam, who has reported on issues including abuses by police and security forces, and sexual violence against women in her home state of Chhattisgarh, received the award from Susan Chira, former deputy executive director for The New York Times and CPJ board member. Award-winning U.S. photojournalist Lynsey Addario presented an award in absentia to Mahmoud Abou Zeid, the Egyptian photojournalist also known as Shawkan, who has been imprisoned since August 2013. Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet who is facing imprisonment on charges of disclosing state secrets, received his award from Lindsey Hilsum, international editor for the U.K.'s Channel 4 News. Héctor Tobar, op-ed contributor to The New York Times and former LA Times journalist, presented the award to Óscar Martínez, an investigative reporter for the online news magazine El Faro. Martínez has been threatened for his coverage of gang violence and extrajudicial killings in El Salvador.