Nomination of imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist for UNESCO award will help ‘shine the light’

24 April 2018

The decision by an independent international jury to nominate an Egyptian journalist who has been incarcerated for nearly five years for a top UN award, helps “shine the light” on press freedom at a “pivotal moment”.

That’s according to Maria Ressa, who is President of the Jury for this year’s World Press Freedom Prize, awarded each year by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 2018 winner is photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, or Shawkan, whose imprisonment on terrorism-related charges has been described by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention as a clear breach of human rights law.

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