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Ilya Barabanov, 2010 PMA recipient, at work in an undated photo. © Ilya Barabonov
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Karla Rivas (right) with Catherine Antoine, Mackler's widow, at the National Press Club in October 2012. © PMA
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Lukpan Akhmedyarov, 2012 PMA recipient, was clubbed, stabbed and shot for his reports on corruption. © Lukpan Akhmedyarov
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Karla Rivas (second from left) covers a community meeting. © Karla Rivas
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Ilya Barabanov is led away by police during the riots that followed the Pussy Riot verdict on August 17, 2012 in Moscow. © Ilya Barabanov
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Sri lanka prison officials escort Tamil journalist J.S. Tissainayagam (center) to a prison bus in Colombo on August 31, 2009 © AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara
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Asma Shirazi is the 2014 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Ms Shirazi is the host of an authoritative talk show on Pakistan’s Dawn News Television.
Shirazi was Pakistan’s first female war correspondent. Undeterred by threats and personal risk, she has demonstrated courage, professionalism and dedication in the search for the truth.
In her acceptance speech at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Shirazi spoke out against “brutality” against reporters in her country as she expressed hope for greater freedom for the news media.
The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable, in her keynote address, highlighted “It’s not easy to be a woman in Pakistan, or a journalist who is committed to seeking, speaking or writing the truth. It is especially hard to be both.”