Pakistan’s top journalist Hamid Mir on won Free Press Award in the “Most Resilient Journalist Award” category.
The award was handed out in a ceremony held in The Hague. In his award acceptance speech Mir said:
“This award is not an acknowledgement of my courage but this is a reward for whole Pakistani nation and our journalist fraternity. Perhaps we wouldn’t have been able to show as much courage if people had not backed us”.
Hamid Mir is an acclaimed and one of the best known television journalists who has been hosting popular talkshow Capital Talk at Geo News for years. He also writes columns for Daily Jang.
Mir survived an assassination attempt in Karachi, in which he sustained multiple bullet wounds in April 2014.
Hamid Mir, however, stayed in Pakistan and continued his struggle for freedom of press in the country. The ‘Most Resilient Journalist Award’ is given to a reporter or media professional who has demonstrated extraordinary courage and perseverance to bring the news. It is a prize for a journalists who, despite threats, abductions and violence continues the journalistic work.