Watch the presentation of the IPI World Press Freedom Hero Award and the Free Media Pioneer Award, both given in partnership with Copenhagen-based International Media Support (IMS), on May 18, 2017 at the IPI World Congress in Hamburg.

Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega, who has been imprisoned since 2011 after criticising his country’s abuse of anti-terror laws to silence the press, has been named the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 69th World Press Freedom Hero.

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee is the recipient of the 2017 Free Media Pioneer Award in recognition of the group’s courageous and trailblazing work to prevent, combat and monitor attacks on journalists in one of the world’s most dangerous media environments.

Simon K.C. Li, Former Vice Chair, IPI Executive Board; Editing and Management Consultant
Mesfin N Bekele, Program Director, Civil Rights Defenders
Andreas Sugar, Head of Rapid Response, International Media Support (IMS)
Najib Sharifi, Director, Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC)