Dawn editor and Columnist Cyril Almeida from Pakistan has won the IPI’s (International Press Institute) World Press Freedom Hero award in 2019 for his “critical” and “tenacious coverage” of the civil-military relations in Pakistan. And also MadaMasr, an Egyptian news site, has won Free Media Pioneer Award 2019 of the IPI and International Media Support (IMS).
Both awards will be presented in IPI’s annual World Congress and General Assembly function to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 5th June, World Intellectual Property Day 2019.
In 2016, After publishing an exclusive story regarding a top-level meeting of civil-military leaders in Dawn, Pakistan Government had imposed a travel ban on Almeida.In 2018, He was again temporarily placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) after publishing an interview with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
International Press Institute World Press Freedom Heroes are the journalists who have been recognized by the Vienna-based International Press Institute for the significant contributions to the promotion of press freedom, particularly in the face of great personal risk. Rafael Marques from Angola is the 70th recipient.