Zafaryab Ahmed, Pakistan

A Pakistani journalist who now lives in the United States of America, he was driven into exile after years of extreme persecution, imprisonment and censorship for his work on human rights abuses in Pakistan. He still faces charges of treason and a possible death sentence in Pakistan for alerting the international community to the murder of Iqbal Masih, a 12-year old child activist for the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. Ahmed continues to write about human rights abuses and the increasing gap between Pakistan's rich and poor. He is currently studying for a PhD. in Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
International Press Freedom Award
1999

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